India Art Fair: Investigating Chronologies

India Art Fair: Investigating Chronologies

Everyday life manifests in extraordinary circumstances. Sharon Ya’ari (b. 1966) captures the experiences of citizens in the Israeli countryside, creating seemingly mundane compositions. The scenes adhere to documentary and uncanny styles, pointing to wider narratives through a formal engagement with the urban developments than encroach on green spaces. Subtle signs of unrest create a claustrophobic atmosphere, subverting traditional notions of landscape imagery.

Ya’ari is one of the many artists represented at the 2018 edition of India Art Fair, exhibiting as part of the Bruno Art Group. The event foregrounds contemporary art from South Asia, offering insights into the region’s thriving cultural scene through a series of exhibitions and public events. Alongside an ongoing emphasis on both emerging and iconic works, this year’s fair focuses on vernacular practice, exploring and celebrating the locale’s through traditional methods that are often overlooked. Galleries featured include Chatterjee & Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai; Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi and Samara Art Gallery, Ahmedadbad. These leading Indian exhibitors showcase alongside major international institutions such as David Zwirner and Blain Southern.

Jagdip Jagpal, Director, notes: “The programme is about inspiring visitors to discover the best of the local and regional art scene, from its fascinating history through to its modern-day icons and emerging talent. Working with the community, we are taking this opportunity to ensure that it reflects the cultural diversity and distinct identity of the region.”

Looking to the future, India Art Fair hosts an array of digital artworks, including a moving image piece by Hetain Patel. Notably, partners BMW Group India unveil the 17th Art Car by Jeff Koons, reflecting symbiotic developments in design and technology. Paired with a professional learning strategy aimed at expanding perspectives on the industry, Penguin Random House India offers a creative area and open-air library for children, inspiring a new generation of imaginative minds.

The fair runs at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi from 9-12 February. Find out more here.

1.Sharon Ya’ari, Agave, Hadera, 2012.  Courtesy: Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.,