Monday, November 17, 2008
Names are:-Margus Lattik (Estonia),Rocio Gonzalez (Latin-America), Peter Waugh (England), John Siddique (Britain), Evelyn Holloway (Austria), Elisa Biagini (Italy), Odveig Klyve (Norway), Araceli Mancilla Zayas (Maxico), Uktamoy (Uktamkhon Kholdorova) (Uzbekistan), Triin Soomets (Estonia), Naim Araidi (Israel), Hanane Aad (Lebanon), Bjorn Gulbrandsen and Kari Klyve - Gulbrandsen (Norway), Dr. Nand Kishore Acharya, Ramakant Rath, Prof. K. Sachidanandan, Agraharara Krishna Murthy, Keki Daruwala, Udaya Narayana Singh, Kunwar Narayan, Surjit Patar, Chander Parkash Deval, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, Rukmani Bhaya Nair, Agnishekhar, Dilip Jhaveri, Mamang Dai, Jiban Narah, Robin S Ngangom, Vishwanath Partap Tiwari, Ajmer Rode, Mazhar Tirizi, Satyapal, Pardeep Kasani, Shambhu Badal, Rati Sexena, Dr. S S Noor, Shri Kikkri Narayan, Purnima Veaman, Vijaya Shankar , Shyamala Nair, Parminderjit, Dr. Vanita, Dr. Manmohan, Sukhwinder Amrit, Jaswant Deed, Swarnjit Savi, Devnit, Jaswinder, Neeru Aseem, Jaswant Zafar, Mohanjit and Santokh Singh Dheer (India)
Punjab being host state, took the previlliage to translate all poems of different languages into Punjabi. Each Poet recited in his own language, on the backlit screen same poem appeared in English and one of the host poets presented the Punjabi Translation of the same. I was given the opportunity to translate two poets Evelyn Holloway and Uktamoy. It was a wonderful experience for all. Here are some pictures of the festival.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
MY NEW SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
THE DANCING LINES
Like musical compositions, these photo prints are not the recording or representation of any pre-existing events. They, in themselves, are events. Working in the medium of light, Swaranjit Savi has written these visual events like lyrical poems and moulded them into sculptures.
This is a project of visual literacy. Savi has started this project to take on visual pollution created by the political and commercial use of art. This is a fight against the ugliness spreading in self and society. This is also to let the people know that the function of the art is not to promote commercial products and political leaders, but to produce beauty out of the interaction with society and environment.
While going to his office in the morning, he is threatened by the visual pollution of urban life, but in the late evening when he comes back to his home, the way he choreographs and sculpts the lights along the road, that ugliness of modern life is deconstructed.
- Amarjit Singh Grewal
Photography is the art of using and manipulating the camera and film to produce unique images of reality or formal abstractions. The subject and the stylistic or aesthetic intentions of the photographer will determine the "type" of photography.
In the present exhibition of Swarnjit Savi's photographic work he has explored the journey of light in a very poetic manner. His works are an evolution in thought with the climax being the actualization of a specific idea. A variety of visual ideas are attempted and consequently utilized in the finished product. He also uses the traditional concept and ideas of photography that are then modified by the process of addition and elimination. This creative process to be part of human evolution and to be part of every human being at the same time is part of an artiste's work. It is a matter of contacting this creativity and allowing it to flow in natural and unforced manner. This concept gives the impetus to attempt to construct the essence of movement. Movement in this sense becomes symbolic of the ever changing homeostatic environment and ultimately leads to a continuous new balance.
This allows the viewer a cross sectional examination of landscapes. The evolution of the form precedes the realization of what the form represents, encouraging a constant development and escalation within the work. The constant exploration in one's art making is what keeps the work fresh – alive. His true artistic vision begins and ends with this idea.
An eminent painter,curator and art critic from Bombay
Swarnjit Savi’s profile on his blog describes him as a painter, poet, photographer, printer and publisher. An artist with multifaceted interests, Savi is a poet first and his poetic expression reflects in all his artistic creations –writings, paintings and photographs. His love for poetry is too evident in his latest series of photographs- ‘Dancing Lines’.
Using camera as a tool in a unique way, Savi has created a visual poetry in these images. A slower shutter speed of the camera makes a great experiment at night. By playing with the relative movement of the lights and the camera, Savi has created a rhapsody of colourful lines in these photographs . A beautiful blend of line and colour – the two strong elements of design in these images make the visual experience just ecstatic. Like a melodious song the photographs are enjoyable –pleasing to the eye and relaxing to the mind.
-A P Singh
An eminent photoartist