The Portret Project presents Dialogues with the Self

October 15, 2014


New Delhi: The Portret Project, a niche art gallery concept focusing on portraiture as an art form and its transformation over time, is having their second exhibition – Dialogues with the Self – at Bakheda, Saidulajab, New Delhi, to showcase a variety of artists from all genres under one roof (October 30 to November 2, 2014).

The perception of the psychological space has intrigued artists from the beginning of time and each has found a particular way to deal with it.  This has often taken the form of the psychological image of the sometimes non-objective reality of the sitter and his or her personality.  It is about artists perceiving a particular state and articulating it through the medium of their choice.  Ideally, in works of this nature, the artist invites the viewer into the space of the work in which he or she plays the role of an intellectual and visual guide leading the viewer through the complexity of artistic creativity and the perceptions of the self.  This is an exploration of the mental specifics of how the creative process deals with the notion of portraiture in general and the psychological portrait in particular.

These explorations can take the form of narrative fantasies, illusions, aspects of the ‘other’, or even perceptions of specific attributes.  There is an immense sense of mystery here, which it is hoped the artists in the show will explore in modes ranging from the poetic to the dark.  Every artist and every sitter carries with them a certain amount of preconceived notions and prejudices.  These psychological portraits will, hopefully, provoke an exchange of dialogue by articulating these visualized ideas. The aim of this exhibition is to express psychological biographies through creative imagery.  This can be done by encrypting information about the sitter, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unconsciously creating works, which are, layered explorations of the self.

The artists showcasing at the show are Ramachandran N, Anamika V, Prasannakumar N, Avijit Mukherjee, Naveen Kumar, Aishwaryan K., Venugopal Reddy, Manush John, Sahaya Sharma, Pallav Chander, Kiran Thulsi, Umashankar Venkatapathy and Surekha.

The founder of The Portret Project, Sakhshi Mahajan, said, “The theme of the show and the artists’ works bring to my mind the concept of the ‘Dialogical Self’ developed by the Dutch Psychologist, Hubert Hermans. His theory looks at the self as a society and the mind to imagine different opinions of participants in an internal dialogue, hence being multivoiced and dialogical. I believe that the show will highlight notions of this enthralling perception of the psychologist.”

TPP was founded in 2013 in New Delhi. It is a niche gallery concept with a focus on portraiture as an art form and with an emphasis on its radical role in the history of art and its growth and development.

Portraiture is a highly revealing aesthetic exercise. The aim of the gallery is to explore important questions of how the self is represented and defined as well as the means through which this commemoration takes place.

The genre has widened its parameters to include diverse media and now offers an array of new possibilities and dimensions for facial and bodily representation in terms of form and content. 

While each show will be unique in its scope and breadth and attempt to interpret portraiture it will also reiterate the amorphous state of art today.  Artists – both traditional and conceptual – continue to plumb the infinite richness and variety of the genre for new means of expression and have been rewarded with a renewal of critical, curatorial and commercial interest and TPP is committed to bringing to its audience a wide range of works across media which reflect these evolving notions.