On the evening of 22nd July, Kaee Contemporary, an art gallery located in the city of Joy- Kolkata, hosted the opening of the 2nd edition of ‘When the Other Stares Back.’
The show runs till the end of September 2022. Curated by Adwait Singh, the exhibition was an amalgamation of the artworks by artists Jagannath Panda and Gigi Scaria.
It rests on the idea of urbanization and the narratives revolving around it. Established six months ago by art arbiter Ambica Beri, Kaee Contemporary showcases emerging and established artists from India and abroad and focuses on critical discourse, educational programs, site-specific installations, and collaborations.
The contemporary art space curates emerging and unconventional practices to create a collective experience among younger and older generations with the help of established practitioners.
Its homely settings in Alipore, complete with a café and relaxed outdoor spaces, counter the estranged white-cube aesthetic with a sense of coziness, hospitality, and commensality.
Commenting on the show, Ambica Beri, Founder of Kaee Contemporary, said, “Having begun my journey with Gallery Sanskriti in 1990, I am excited to open our doors again to Kaee Contemporary, a contemporary and compelling space.
With Kaee Contemporary, we come full circle to where we began, to what may seem a complete reversal of the original form. The new art space has been conceptualized and developed to target new audiences and interpret the art of our times. It hopes to generate an environment for art to evolve and continue to grow in synthesis.”
The major highlights of the exhibition include Jagannath Panda’s ‘The Profiteer’ – an acrylic assemblage wherein the bodies on whose backs the city is built are often the ones left out of it; and Gigi Scaria’s ‘Lockdown,’ a brass sculpture which is a commentary on human folly. In his message for the exhibition, Curator Adwait Singh asserts, “The exhibition brings together the works that are rooted within urban environments that the artists came to inhabit, exposing these seemingly civilized spaces as nested sites of multi-species cohabitation and conflict. The other’s abysmal gaze — impenetrable as it is unforgiving — demands accountability and pronounces judgment.”
About Kaee Contemporary: ‘Kaee’ — a colloquial word for algae — denotes a vitalizing presence within an ecology. Not only does it fulfill a nourishing and filtering function, but its metabolisms and composition can also be further studied to determine the health of the ecosystem.