VIEWING ROOM

LIVING A DARK NIGHT

Curated by Paula Sengupta

In Collaboration with The Kala Chaupal Trust

For twenty months now, India is living a dark night, from which we are yet to awake. It would not be incorrect to say that the anguish that India is suffering today has not been seen since the Bengal Famine of 1943 or the Partition of 1947.

We invited artists to come together to hear this anguish and register it for posterity, lest history forgets. The works in this initiative encapsulate a time of despair and anxiety, when artists withdrew into the studio as the only space of refuge. Executed in a space of isolation, these prints look from deep within to the spectre without … but also from darkness to light. 

Even as we in India await a possible third wave, Living a Dark Night stands as a stark reminder of our folly.