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What was unique in India Art Fair 2016?

What was unique in India Art Fair 2016?

LIKE its previous editions, the eighth India Art Fair (IAF) focused on South Asian artworks and saw the presence of a few western art galleries. But there were certain factors that clearly stood out amidst the array of colours and din at the four-day event that drew curtains for the year in New Delhi on Jan 31.

For the visually-impaired

For the first time, IAF had dedicated a booth to the visually-impaired. The Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) Modern through its project Abhas gave art such lovers an opportunity to experience two paintings and two sculptures. It included veteran artist S.H. Raza’s Jala Bindu accompanied by details in Braille and a reproduction of the piece through a 3D model that could be touched and felt.

“I often wanted to attend exhibitions and fairs, but never came because I couldn’t feel anything. This time I’m glad that I know how Raza’s artwork appears. I even got to experience Jamini Roy’s sculpture. It feels great,” said Sidharth Roy, who was accompanied by his father.

The many things discussed

The fair served as a platform for many interesting discussions to take place. From graphic novels to urban architecture to spaces for innovative ideas and learning to South Asian art scene to different styles of contemporary art, the IAF this year saw the presence of many distinguished artists, curators, collectors, writers, including Javed Akhtar, Ayesha Jatoi, Kiran Nadar, among others, discuss myriad issues related to the creative domain and suggested many innovative ways to widen the scope of art in the region.

“We cannot afford to ignore arts and humanities because they will only make us humane, otherwise there is bound to be intolerance and hatred in the society,” said Dina Bangdel, an art curator from Nepal.

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