Spotlight: Srishti Collective 2017

by Manojna Yeluri

The Srishti Collective is an annual exhibition and expo featuring the work of the students from the graduating batches of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.

The 2017 edition marked the institute’s 21st anniversary and featured the work of nearly 220 students graduating from their undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

With a heavy emphasis on interdisciplinary study, the work featured at The Srishti Collective 2017 cut across subjects such as healthcare access, the reclamation of public spaces, reinterpretations of mythology, the reimagining of retail design, sustainable economies and environmental damage. The wide range of mediums chosen by the students stood testament to the vast spectrum of creativity that is constantly being nurtured at the institute.

We paid a visit to the collective and got to meet some very interesting young artists.

Oh Nari, So Sanskari by Annushka Hardikar: A re-imagining of three characters from the MahabharataOh Nari, So Sanskari is a zine exploring notions of patriarchy, feminism and sexism through the characters of Draupadi, Kunti and Gandhari. Annushka’s zine has received a lot of attention and has been featured in a number of publications, including the Vagabomb and The Quint.

The Children of Water by Megha Singha: An amalgamation of theatre and photography, Megha’s work delves into questions of identity, attempting to explore the significance experience plays, in a situation where there may be no access to personal history. Megha’s work,  ‘The Children of Water’ is both thought-provoking and poetic.

Khoj by Neha Nandre: Khoj is an intricately illustrated game, designed to encourage young children to weave stories around characters and cues from Hindu mythology. The game is intended to help make storytelling a more creative, engaging and educational experience.

Festival of Stories: An ongoing project under the bigger umbrella of the Art in Transit program — a public art by the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology — also played host to some of the students’ projects.

We think it’s important to host and participate in exhibitions such as The Srishti Collective because they provide valuable infrastructure and support to new artists. They offer a platform to showcase fresh perspective while also providing young artists the opportunity to be formally introduced into the professional networks of artists, designers and innovators. We will be adding the Srishti Collective to our list of annual events to look out for and would like to wish the graduating batch all the very best in all their endeavours.

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