Silence of Furies and Sorrows 1995
An exhibition of installations and performance at Venkattappa Gallery, Banglaore
  Participating Artists : Raghavendra Rao, Ravisankar Rao, Amrish, Ramesh Chandra, Shantamani, Nandakishore, Tripura Kashyap, and C.F. John

"I survive in the midst of the sea, Alone and so crazily wounded, So solely persisting, woundedly abandoned"
The violence in our city in recent times motivated a group of artists to find forms to express the agony as well as the inherent hope of a people subjected to the brutality of communalist and fundamentalist forces. The riots left the city with many raw wounds. The dead were reduced to numbers in the media. Some were compensated. Many stories remained unheard. The fire was extinguished and we were left with smouldering ashes and ravaged hearts recounting losses of limbs and loved ones.

The perception of colour is reduced to a minimal palate earth colours, black and white, creating a uniform scheme of starkness. Images from the past recollect many forgotten faiths, brick walls that divide us are transformed into pillars with archetypal symbols that sustain our existence. Fragments from the media are woven into collages of hopes and anguish. Tangled bodies of steel trace contours of humans hung like animal carcass. While a black mother is reconstructed with coal, a Jataka tale of a compassionate Sala tree is retold in clay by the riot affected children. Reasoning, remembering and resisting the violence of our times.
This is yet another attempt to sustain the humanity with faiths and bind us, as we refuse to let the politics of hatred and intolerance ruin us.
- Suresh Jayaram

Recreating the trauma

"And one morning all was a flame
and one morning the fires the fires
the fires came out of the earth
devouring people
and from then on fire,
gunpowder from then on,
and from then on blood."
- Pablo Neruda

"Mangled bodies. Gutted homes. Buildings razed to the ground. These are mere impressions - unpalaltable flavors of destruction, torment and tribulation. Eminently forgettable; these flavours, however ten to linger…
Recreating these traumatic scenes in their artistic language was a painful and soul-searching experience for a group of six artists from Bangalore. The Silence of Furies and Sorrows - Pages Of A Burning City, an exhibition of installations using diverse mediums and materials, serves as a vestibule to a startling and unnerving realm where chaos and ruination are the order of day.

The group, which has been working on projects based on key social issues for about ten years now, launched into the latest venture in January. This time, it was the anti-Urdu news riots that roused the artists. After a hundred days of exhaustive research and toil at artist Sheela Gowda's studio, the exhibition was finally ready.

A penetrating insight into the psyche and misery of the riot victims was possible only after extensive interaction with them. The artists spent days listening to tales of woe of men and women whose homes had been razed to the ground and a group of unfortunate children whose school was burnt down in the brutal paroxysm of communal disturbances"…
- Aarya - The Sunday Times of India


"…Recently in India a spate of 'Installations' have cropped up at various museums and galleries… Unfortunately many of these were reduced to an act of gimmick at best and resulted only in arousing the attention of the media and public, rather than the creative endeavor that ought to be, in seeking this medium's artistic possibilities. Here it is heartening to note that these young artists have very effectively achieved a fusion of artistic demands with the compulsions of social responsibilities, without compromising the aesthetic possibilities of such creative exercise.
At the first glance it is the aesthetic possibilities that are explored using various materials ranging from torn clothes, mud steel wires, bricks, tinpans and coal which attracts one's attention. Yet, it slowly involves the viewer into the complexities of the messages about the tragic events that reduces human beings into pitiable non-entities"...
- Yusuf Arakkal, Sunday Times of India

Remains of the day

"…The exhibits speak volumes of the violence that tore apart the garden city in the last four years, leaving anguish in its wake"...
- M.D. Riti - The Week

"…For the young people who interacted with the victims, the installation become a bridge between art and life and an act of conscience"…
- Marta Jakimowicz - Karle - Deccan Herald

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  Links for some of the Installation Events

Cultural spiral in plastic, 1993

Silence of Furies and Sorrows - Pages of a burning city, 1995

Quest for Celebration and Question on Waste, 1996

Territory - an art event, 1998

Mangroves, 1999

Walls of Memories 2003

Quilted 2003

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