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Ecriture II : Written Images

A show of the recent works of Manjari Chakravarti
Presented by Art Alive Gallery
15th November 2008 - 29th November 2008
Art Alive Gallery S-221, Panchsheel Park New Delhi - 110017

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The Precariousness of Reading
Recent Paintings by Manjari Chakravarti

Ranjit Hoskote

The basic unit of Manjari Chakravartis ensembles is the alphabetic character, a motif that she nudges into play in the richly uncertain terrain between legibility and visuality. She builds up a palimpsest of letter threads that fall tantalisingly short of being sentences; she organises grids of grouped characters that are looped, overlapped, layered over one another. Even the works that are designated as landscapes are, in fact, tablets bearing the passage of code and translation, inscription and counter-inscription, erasure and recuperation: in Chakravartis handling, the landscape is not a problem of geographical traversal but an essay in attentive reading...

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