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Artist Renuka Rajiv Takes on Society, Gender Through Personal Narrative

Rajiv, who narrates not verbally but visually, says the "need for the visual arises from a need to communicate, but this need to communicate remains outside the realm of verbal languages."

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Rajiv described the prints as a "cathartic series" made while living in Melbourne. Flickr Commons

Exhibiting the interplay between words and visuals, a solo show by artist Renuka Rajiv critically chronicles and comments on matters of sexuality, gender, physicality and notions of family and relationships via personal narratives.

“The Future Is Not My Gender” is a multidisciplinary exhibition, showing different renditions of fabric and paper using drawings, paper mache, tie-dye and embroidery.

It is on at the Vahdera Art Gallery here till August 18.

It includes a large body of textile and embroidery works, sculptures, and twenty four monotypes selected from a larger series of three hundred prints.

The fabric works are mostly made with old garments of the artist’s family and friends.

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“The Future Is Not My Gender” is a multidisciplinary exhibition. Flickr Common

“This is a moment in a long-term exploration of expressing the aspects of my reality that are outside the material world,” the Bengaluru-based artist said about the exhibition.

Rajiv described the prints as a “cathartic series” made while living in Melbourne.

Some drawings also weave visuals with verbal interjections — sharp observations around gender and sexuality within the larger social context.

“With a strong inclination towards the spontaneously created “hand-made” works, the exhibition accommodates the imaginative, observational and autobiographical,” Vahdera Art Gallery said in a statement.

Rajiv, who narrates not verbally but visually, says the “need for the visual arises from a need to communicate, but this need to communicate remains outside the realm of verbal languages”.

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Rajiv was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) 2016, awarded by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

The exhibition is a culmination of the award process including a three-month residency in Switzerland in 2017. (IANS)

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Actor Anil Kapoor Feels That Contribution to Society is The Key to Happiness, Success

Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Madhuri Dixit starrer "Total Dhamaal" is releasing on February 22

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Actor Anil Kapoor says the more people will contribute towards the society, the more they will get back in return in their lives.

“You should contribute to the society and the country as much as you can… you will get happiness, success and peace of mind,” he said here on Saturday while interacting with the media after inaugurating TATA Memorial hospital’s pediatric oncology ward.

Sharing his thoughts after attending the inauguration of the hospital’s ward, Kapoor said: “Earlier also, I have come in this hospital and I am feeling really happy with the kind of positive change I am seeing here.”

Anil Kapoor. IANS

Anil Kapoor said he felt nice to see smile on faces of children, their parents and the doctors.

“It is nice to see smile on faces of kids, their parents and the doctors so, I am thankful to people who have contributed towards this change.”

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Asked if he will organise special screening of his upcoming film “Total Dhamaal” for the children of TATA hospital, Anil Kapoor said: “Definitely. It’s really good idea. I think that film is especially made for children and its very entertaining film so, we would definitely host special screening of the film for these children.”

Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Madhuri Dixit starrer “Total Dhamaal” is releasing on February 22. (IANS)