Dessins de T. Venkanna Galerie Hervé Perdriolle Art Paris Grand Palais 2013

T. Venkanna est né en 1980 dans le Gujarat. Le sujet prédominant dans l’œuvre de T. Venkanna est l’imagination sexuelle qui questionne et confronte les images stéréotypées par lesquelles la sexualité est comprise et définie. Le comportement sexuel de l’être humain est régi par des normes et conditions sociales. "Je crois que c’est parce que: le fantasme sexuel gagne en importance dans la vie et que l’individu accède au plaisir extrême par le simple acte de rêver tout éveille, il/elle s’échappe alors des dures réalités du monde via un paisible et interrompu vol de l’imagination. Dans la tentative qui est la mienne, j’ai aussi (re)présente certaines images/motifs pris chez des artistes d’hier (comme Hockney, Rousseau, Mondrian…) ainsi que dans l’art traditionnel. La question du contexte politique et social derrière ces œuvres était alors tout à fait différente. Je représente ces images conformément a mon idée, avec un esprit critique j’analyse les normes et les conditions qui existent dans notre société contemporaine." Sa persistance pour ce sujet a stimulé son intérêt d’explorer toutes sortes de mediums y compris le dessin, la peinture, la sculpture, l’installation. L’outil linguistique le plus important de Venkanna est le rapprochement du personnel avec le social.

Principales expositions :
Empire Strikes back, Saatchi Gallery, Londres 2008.
For Indentity, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai 2009.
Luce Gallery, Turin 2010.
(M)other India, galerie du Jour/Agnès B., Paris 2011
Kochi Biennale 2012
Art Paris 2013

Photos : sculpture de Ravinder Reddy et dessins de T. Venkanna Art Paris 2013. T. Venkanna dans son atelier de Vadodara 2015. T. Venkanna et Abhay Maskara Art Stage Singpore 2011

T. Venkanna prolific and prodigious output has gained him the reputation of being one of his generation’s most exciting, versatile, and unconventional artist. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda and Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in painting from J.N.T.U, Hyderabad where he was awarded a Gold medal. The artist lives and works in Baroda, India.
Recent shows in 2014 include Residual Remnants, Site art space, Baroda, India; Midnight's Grandchildren curated by Girish Shahane, Kitab Mahal, Mumbai; Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan curated by Dr. Paula Sengupta and Camilla H. Chaudhary, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE. Major shows in 2012-13 include Air Sri Lanka, Galerie Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria, Lunch with Olympia, curated by Robert Storr, Yale University School of Art, CT, USA, Between the Lines: Identity, Place, and Power, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, India, Pancha Mahabhuta (The Five Great Elements) at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday curated by Gayatri Sinha at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, India,a solo presentation at Art Brussels 30th Contemporary Art Fair, ProjectStage at Art Stage Singapore, the India Art Fair, India, the VIP Art Fair, (online). In 2011, Venkanna presented a controversial solo performance at Art Stage Singapore and was part of New Trends from South India, at the Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India. Other key projects during the year included; CROSSROADS: India escalate (India Pavilion) at the Prague Biennale 5, Czech Republic, a solo presentation at the Art Brussels 29th Contemporary Art Fair, Belgium, Fabular Bodies, curated by Gayatri Sinha for the Harmony Art Foundation, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India, Printmaking: Open Studio, at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India, (M)other India at Galerie du Jour – Agnès B, Paris, France and Window in the Wall, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China. In 2010 his work was part of Finding India: Art for the New Century, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, Taiwan. His solo show, NERO opened at Gallery Luce in Torino, Italy and he simultaneously showed at Artissima 17 Torino, Italy. He was also the youngest artist featured in the Saatchi Gallery show The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, London, UK.
Venkanna was one of 20 artists shortlisted for the SKODA prize in 2010 and 2012. His works are in major collections in America, Japan, Russia and Europe including the Charles Saatchi collection (UK), the Burger Collection (Switzerland), Swagemakers collection (Netherlands) and many more in India and across the world (courtesy Gallery Maskara).

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