Journalist Sangeeta Waddhwani will be hosting an art exhibition, 'Stories in Circles' depicting sustainable lifestyles and the impact of mobile phones and AI technology on humanity in Mumbai on 12th June 2023
Sangeeta Waddhwani, a journalist and former Executive Editor of HELLO! magazine, is set to embark on a new artistic journey, unveiling her captivating artworks for the first time. The ‘Stories in Circles’ exhibition will take place at Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery at Nariman Point, Mumbai on 12th June 2023. Waddhwani's thought-provoking collection delves into the themes of sustainable lifestyles and the impact of mobile phones and AI technology on humanity.
The exhibition will highlight an artwork called ‘Eco Draupadi’. This striking piece portrays a stripped saree-clad figure, symbolizing the deteriorating state of nature. The artwork depicts the dire consequences of humanity's greed, represented by the forest fires engulfing her on both sides. Waddhwani draws parallels between the idea of humanity ‘gambling’ away their future while stripping the planet, with the gambling table of the epic Mahabharat. The anger in her eyes is also a warning: “Strip me, unravel your very existence on my being.”
Another notable artwork, ‘Out of Africa’ sheds light on the exploitation of wildlife for consumer-driven fashion trends. ‘Stories in Circles’ comprises various circular and oval-shaped artworks, invoking the cosmic significance of the Bindu (dot) in Indian mythology. The collection includes thought-provoking pieces such as ‘Web of Life’, ‘Lotus Consciousness’, ‘The Wave’, ‘Cosmic Rose’, and ‘The Himalayas’, each offering its own narrative on sustainable lifestyles. Additionally, Waddhwani explores the immersive nature of the metaverse through her series ‘The Mandroid and Selfina: The Roaring 20s’.
Through her art, Waddhwani challenges the audience to reflect on the consequences of our technology and consumer-driven society. “These visual contemplations rose within me during the height of the Pandemic; it was Nature knocking on my consciousness,” she shares.
Artist Arzan Khambatta, who recycles materials to make highly witty ‘Scraptures’ is the Chief Guest and will share his views on artists articulating ideas for a Sustainable lifestyle at the show at 6.30 pm in the gallery. There will also be a live Sufi dance performance by exponent Sandip Sorparrkar, accompanied on the Handpan by Atul Wankhede.
Where: Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Ground floor, Bajaj Bhavan, 226, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
When: 12 June 2023 - 6:30 pm.
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