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India’s Latest Contemporary Art Gallery “Nine Fish” in Mumbai Introduces ‘Liminal Affinities’

Dec 14, 2015   14:55 IST 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

India’s Latest art gallery, Nine Fish launched its inaugural art show ‘Liminal affinities’ showcasing contemporary artworks. The Nine fish art gallery is located in the heart of Mumbai in Byculla and spread across 3000 sq. ft in the New Great Eastern mills compound. Nine Fish presents a true art experience with great environment, state of the art lighting, high ceilings and brilliantly showcased artworks.


Speaking about Nine Fish Art Gallery, curator Dr. Anurag Kanoria says, “Nine Fish is created as a destination which will be a must visit for any serious art lover and every show at Nine Fish will be uniquely planned giving the much needed breath to the art community. Nine Fish will display serious art from all across the world.”


Liminal affinities’ is an Art Exhibition of new works featuring four of India’s young, emerging artists. Liminal affinities will run from 5th December, 2015 to 10th January, 2016. The Nine Fish art gallery has been conceived by Dr. Anurag Kanoria. This inaugural show has been curated by Dr. Anurag Kanoria and Lajja Shah.


About Liminal Affinities:

Negotiating an urban landscape in constant flux opens up a diverse set of interpretative possibilities. It may be perceived as a dense mass of monolithic superstructures, or it may be experienced as a heterogeneous entity, continually animated by the tugs of socio-political, cultural, economic and environmental force fields.


The cityscape then becomes a site of confluence and collision, accumulating layers of history, whilst wrought by the upheavals of contested geographies. Wrought by the vagaries of time and the ambitions of human intervention, coalescing and fragmenting like an eternally whirring work in progress, the city, the metropolis, the megalopolis yet continues to exert a primal pull.


How do topographies constructed from material accretions get transformed into imagined, imaginary, metaphorical spaces? How do we access places that are at once strange, yet familiar; that feel both intimate and alien? Do we view them with the all-knowing eye of an insider, or do we look at them with the curious, questioning gaze of an outsider?


Liminal affinities bring together four artists: Digbijayee Khatua, Mainaz Bano, Mitali Shah and Sanju Kunhan who have chosen to posit themselves on the periphery of the present moment. By allowing themselves on the simultaneity of looking back and forward in time, and examining what’s on the surface and underneath it, they afford themselves and us a chance to grasp at the rough edges of the past, in order to gain a foothold on the deceptive realities of the present.


Their works are shaped by the dichotomies they encounter as they journey to and from the microcosm of the non-metropolitan to the macrocosm of the urban. Remnants of collective histories co-exist with residues of personal memories to unfold in their practice through distinct visual typologies.


Through nuanced, aesthetic evocations that include paintings on canvas and wood, sculptural installations and works on paper, Liminal affinities seeks to portray contemporary urgencies that inform our lived experiences within a complex and rapidly transforming urban milieu.


About Artists:

Digbijayee Khatua: Digbijayee often writes stories in his native language, Odiya and when confronted from distance, his large three-dimensional works ‘constructed’ with paper convey a sense of familiar monotony through a graphic repetition of form and colour, and a spatial exactitude that is reminiscent of architectural drawings. Digbijayee’s practice is vastly influenced and marked by his shift from Odisha to Delhi and his encounters with the ever-changing cityscape, evident in his recording of minute details – both real and imagined.


Mainaz Bano: Mainaz’s mixed media works on paper are lyrical meditations on the ominous ecological devastations that impact the environment. She adopts a hybrid artistic language, combining photography and digital images with the stylist vocabulary of miniature paintings. Mainaz makes canny use of stylized and decorative elements to heighten the poignancy and urgency of her message. This is brought out in the skillful and sensitive delineation of transformed human, animal and bird figures to convey the aftermath of rampant and unchecked development under the guise of urbanization.


Mitali Shah: Mitali explores the symbiotic relationship between the body and the urban space that it inhabits through abstract works that include mixed media sculptural installations and watercolours. The body conceived in naturalistic terms and predating the city, becomes the medium of knowledge and insight – an instrument to grasp the complexities of the public space. Mitali examines these interconnections in a series of works that respond to a specific site within the gallery, the raw, gritty surface of a wall, textured with material accumulations resulting from the many constructions, deconstructions and reconstructions it has undergone, traces the ephemeral nature of time and space, and the inevitability of change that they engender. Architectural and environmental fragments form a recurring leitmotif in Mitali’s practice, lending her works both structure and meaning.


Sanju Kunhan: In a suite of mixed media works on wood and paper, Sanju revisits the pre and postcolonial history of Mumbai to explore themes of migration, identity and belonging, whilst questioning contested ideas of land ownership. The evolution of the city – from seven dispersed islands to a teeming metropolis populated by diverse communities – is brought out in a large work comprising six panels of recycled wood. Depicting clay-modeled ‘prototypes’ of the original inhabitants and migrant settlers around a ‘Google map’ of Mumbai, it reaffirms the city’s syncretic character. Sanju engages the materiality of aged wood with its rough-hewn surface, rugged texture, patterned grains and inherent damages to echo the many inclusions and erasures that mark the city. The medium itself thus become a bearer of collective histories and altered geographies and acquires an after-life as it gets represented in an entirely different context.





Nine Fish Art Gallery 
The New Great Eastern Mills,
25-29 Dr. Ambedkar Road,
Near Rani Baug,
Byculla, Mumbai-400027

On display: December 05, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Opening hours: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm


About Nine Fish:

Understanding the intricacies of Art and his abiding love for modern and contemporary art, Dr. Anurag Kanoria, in association with his renowned brand The Great Eastern Home has curated Nine Fish Art Gallery, wherein new young artists will be given a huge platform to showcase their artwork. An intuitive sense of art along with his knowledge, expertise, and his attention to detail in planning and implementation, has led him to curate an art exhibition showcasing contemporary art that explores marginal issues of urbanization. Nine Fish Art Gallery has expansion plans to showcase various artists from different parts of India and abroad.


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From left to right- Curator Lajja Shah, Digbijayee Khatua, Mainaz Bano, Chief Curator Dr.Anurag Kanoria with Bose Krishnamachari, Mitali Shah and Sanju Kunhan
From left to right- Curator Lajja Shah, Digbijayee Khatua, Mainaz Bano, Chief Curator Dr.Anurag Kanoria with Bose Krishnamachari, Mitali Shah and Sanju Kunhan
Nine Fish Art Gallery at The Great Eastern Mills, Byculla
Nine Fish Art Gallery at The Great Eastern Mills, Byculla
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