In a world of social isolation, visual artist from Jharkhand, Mohammed Intiyaz showcases his artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Can we Talk?’ at Method Kalaghoda in Mumbai.
The Jamia Millia alumnus brings in a visual language threading together diverse perceptions through his paintings. What specifically does he wish to talk about through ‘Can We Talk?’ “My exhibition is a calling for the people to gather, see and discuss things, situations or instances that feel inconsequential to them and often get overlooked but impact a major group of people generally regarded as bheed (crowd). People like me, people amidst whom I’ve grown up, people who form the society,”
says Intiyaz. ‘Maze’ brings in stifled figures of men and women and children, wearing pots and buckets — some coloured, some grey — over their heads and faces. “Sometimes when there was a water shortage and there was no water at home, my whole family would be upset all day about how to get work done. The problem would cause stress and play on everyone’s mind throughout the day,” he explains.
“The buckets on the heads are indicative of how people from the slums are many times referred to as shortsighted. When your basic needs such as water, in this case, are not fulfilled, you tend to fret till you are able to fulfil them, thereby not leaving much scope to think and expand beyond the necessities. I have used vivacious colours for the buckets to attract attention to the truth that does merit king-sized attention in real life.”
Water is a lifeline that colours his other artwork ‘Age’ in a beautiful, subtle way. It is evocative of the daily struggle of millions across the country in securing potable water. “This work addresses the difficulties involved in the activity of …
Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald