The exhibition Rock & Ragas, Modernity Needs Tradition, will open at the India House Art Gallery
in Pune on December 15, 2017 with the work of Alyssia Lazin, photographer, Pavel Kapic, painter and Arti Kirloskar, multi media artist.
Alyssia (American born) and Pavel (Czech born) are looking at the culture, symbols and mythology of India from a western viewpoint. Arti (born in India) will be bringing her interpretation of traditional Indian culture. The three artists with their vibrant intensity of color are expressing their fascination with the Indian culture and translating it from each of perspectives to their own contemporary artistic styles.
Maurizio Vanni: Art Critic, Curator wrote in the catalog about the exhibition: "Without a past there cannot be a future." This however is not a mere exhibition, we are not looking at paintings and photos which stick to documenting cultural differences between one continent and the next, between East and West, between tradition and innovation, but rather a genuine visual narrative between art, philosophy, anthropology, history, legend, theology, and existential essence. The artists set forth a process of analysis and self-analysis, a desire for awareness linked to the wish to plunge into a culture thousands of years old, like that of India, which is known throughout the world, and whose message has withstood the onslaught of time, remaining, at least in its basic principles, unchanging in its suggestion of Eternal Truth as its leitmotif.
This gives rise to respectful, enterprising works which are deep and sweetly impertinent, realistic and visionary, in which ideas take shape, atmosphere defines historical context, color structures space, time and light remain protagonists, and everything occurs through birth and rebirth. The three artists work attempts to build an ideal bridge between two worlds, between two cultures, conscious of the importance of different identities, but also conscious that people of all latitudes are nourished by knowledge and experience, by spirit and intellect, by song and music and prayer.