Inkjet print on archival paper 2/5
152 x 220 cm
In his Ancient Earth collection Chittrovanu Mazumdar investigates the aesthetics of overgrowth: a portrayal of the ways in which organic matter disturbs, disrupts and breaks open and the slow resumption of life after death and destruction. The landscape in this video dissolves into versions of itself, construct upon construct, devoid of the human except for the voice that rises and falls with the sound of the wind. The voice sings of sacrifice and loss, lament for a life left behind in a land that will forever be memory and myth, and the whispered elegy that is the prayer of a poet possessed with the promise of a perfect land always yearned for, never gained.
Born in 1956 in Paris, Chittrovanu Mazumdar is a contemporary artist of Bengali-Indian and French descent and is known as one of India’s leading expressionist artists. His powerful body of work draws from a wide range of visual, musical or lyrical resources, references and influences and his raw, almost expressionistic, canvases create a powerful emotional response. Mazumdar graduated from the Government College Kolkata in 1981. He has held exhibitions in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Paris and New York, including special exhibitions such as Alchemy, Art Musings, 2005, Paths of Progression, Saffron & Bodhi Art Gallery, 2005, Exhibition for the African National Congress, Kolkata Information Centre, Kolkata 1988 and Confluence Art Camp for French & Indian artists’, Alliance Francaise, Kolkata, 1992.His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and the Seagull Foundation, Kolkata. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.