Owais Husain searches for a lost homeland
Oct 23 2016
In Husain’s textured creations, one can see are a sign of his roots in a traditional Indian style, while exploring a combination of iconography evolving from one generation to the next. The artist is known for his use of film, photography, painting sculpture, installations and even poetry — in combinations or on their own. His installation ‘You are Forever’, consists of two walls of aluminium trunks, converging in a corner. The trunks are a natural representation of the displacement of time and space, both in a literal sense as well as a metaphoric reference to the station and the concept of travel. Owais has ensured that the theme continues, by exhibiting it at many Mumbai locations. The installation was first displayed at Sir JJ School of Art till October 18, before moving to the PAF. It is now showing at the Palladium Mall (October 24-30) and will move to the ICIA Gallery (October 26-November 30) for a closing exhibition followed by a symposium.
At another fair the 43rd Fiac (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), which also opened to the public at the Grand Palais in Paris, over the same weekend as Mumbai’s PAF, 38 dealers participated in showcasing 40 works at the Petit Palais. The winner of this year’s €35,000 Marcel Duchamp Prize, is Kader Attia, born in Paris to Algerian parents. The prize is given annually to a French artist whom they believe is worthy of foreign recognition.