Chittrovanu Mazumdar’s work contains some of the fearfulness of modern India. In one image, a pastoralist nightmare is almost burned into the canvas. The scorched earth, brown against an ever more muddy sky, sits barren and bereft of life. In his photographs, steel surrounds and compacts the reds and yellows of hundreds of garlanded flowers. The urban blends with the organic, at times suffocating it and at others assaulting it. He seems to ask, ‘how can the rural equate with the grasping tide of steel and progress?’
Born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), one of India’s most populous metropolises, Mazumdar’s works speak of the troubled futurism that’s seen in a lot of India’s contemporary art scene. His works are undeniably assaulting and this huge collection of pieces at 1x1 reflects the breadth of mediums that he works in. Spread across three rooms, Mazumdar’s installation pieces are particularly interesting. A cart is armed with mechanised blinds. As the blinds open and close, splintered and shattered images are revealed slowly beneath. It’s a chilling piece from a particularly bold and tormented selection of works. Head down there.
1x1 Contemporary (04 348 3873), Al Quoz until April 18