About The Work
Sachin George Sebastian’s Constructed Conversations is an outcome of observing how the city, its architectures, infrastructures and landscapes, entrenched in temporality with self-dynamism, etc., change over time. Inspired by Mughal architecture – despite now mostly found in ruins rather than restored to its original glory – the historic panoply of the yesteryears still stands its ground against time and the busy, bustling city with its modern aesthetics and cultural values, translated into its physical spaces, closing in. In this work, Sebastian imagines these two city structures, one from the past and the other present, having a conversation with each other, forging a narrative and dialogical connection in the flow of time. The concept of the ‘city’ behaves much like the concept of the ‘individual’. It is in a state of flux and constantly under construction, the spaces within it signifying an opportunity for growth, progress and evolution. The intricate, stone-carved jaalis are replaced with kaleidoscopic images of the city around it, printed and executed with current tools, i.e., an SLR camera, Photoshop, canvas printing and the CNC cutting of DiBond. The constructed conversation between the present and past follows a geometry of patterns, common to both eras and architectures, for patterns are omni-present even though the tools and times have changed. A symmetry may appear to be broken, yet one can sense it, for where we are is influenced by where we come from.
Sachin George Sebastian
Born in Kanhangad, Kerala, in 1985, Sachin George Sebastian is a graduate in communication design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, in 2006. In 2013, he received the Young Artist Award from the Kempinski Arts Program and the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) awarded him the Emerging Artist Award in 2014. He completed the Pro Helvetia Artist-in-Residence program at Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland in 2015, the Kempinski Arts Program in Budapest and Berlin in 2014, and also served as an artist-in-residence at BigCi – Australia in 2015. His practice with paper and pop-up books led him to participate in an international artist’s residency at Khoj on The Idea of the Book in 2009, following which he started working as an independent artist.
His work has appeared in several solo and group shows at Vadehra Art Gallery (2016), Exhibit 320 (2012 and 2015), Devi Art Foundation (2015) in New Delhi, Gallery OED (2012 and 2013), Kochi and Birla Academy (2014), Kolkata, as well as an installation preview at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, in 2012. His work has also been featured at Sensorium 2018 (2015), the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2015), the Beirut Art Fair (2014), Art Dubai (2013), the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere & Basu Foundation for the Arts - India, Italy, Myanmar (2014) and the India Art Fair (2013 and 2015).
The artist lives and works in Bangalore.
Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) has been promoting modern and contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives and publications since 1987. VAG has a long-standing association with the first modernists of Indian art, namely MF Husain, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta, and other senior artists like Arpita Singh, Rameshwar Broota, and Bhupen Khakkar. VAG’s artists roster includes mid-career artists such as Atul and Anju Dodiya, NS Harsha, Riyas Komu, Nalini Malani and Shilpa Gupta, as well as a select group of emerging practitioners. In 2007 the gallery expanded its exhibitions programme to include important exhibitions of international contemporary artists. VAG actively collaborates with prominent institutions like the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and the private Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). VAG has also collaborated with and supported exhibitions in international museums such as the Serpentine Gallery and Guggenheim Museum, among others.