Urbanalia – Students’ Biennale•4th Edition

Urbanalia

A compilation of work that examines various aspects of city life, from labour and migration to isolation and despair within the enclosed confines of urban homes. While the pandemic infuses these spaces with a sense of unanswered questions, environmental degradation and political ferment point towards unheeded predicaments. There are moments of irony and humour amidst the gloom, along with the fleeting comfort of organized work routines and sociality.

Aditi Purwar

College of Art, New Delhi

Hungry | 2020 | 2D Animation
Untitled | 2020 | 2D Animation
Patriarchy | 2020 | 2D Animation

Ashish Kumar Maurya

College of Art, New Delhi

Urbanisation – I | 2020 | Mixed media on paper | 18” x 25”
Urbanisation – II | 2020 | Mixed media on canvas | 30” x 42”
Urbanisation – III | 2020 | Mixed media on paper | 30” x 60”

Birendra Singh

Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar

I have been making woodcut prints of vehicles like tempos and bikes. Once I was traveling to a village where a road was being constructed. There was a cement mixer along with other machines and I found the structure beautiful. I observed many other elements alongside it such as a water jar, a mug and a bamboo ladder so I composed all these elements in a single composition.

Mixer (1). 2020. Woodcut Print
Mixer (2). 2020. Woodcut Print

Deepak

Tecnia Institute of Art and Design, Delhi

Village life. 2019. Acrylic on canvas. 30” x 40”
Fly in city. 2019. Mixed media on canvas. 16” x 20”
Untitled. 2019. Acrylic on canvas. 40” x 50”
Pursuing. 2019. Mixed media on PVC board. 24” x 24”

Kapil Jangid

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

Mansoor Mansoori

Shiv Nadar University

Bird Sanctuary. 2018. Single channel video

Monu

Jamia Millia Islamia 

The workers. 2020. 95” x 48”. Mix media on canvas

Nakul Gupta

GD Goenka University

3652 EARTH DAYS’ is a 42-second video. I have used the sound of the last Kauai O’o bird recorded back in 1987 – a male bird’s mating call for a female who would never come. This little bird did not know he was the last of his kind left on the planet. He died the same year and with that ended yet another beautiful species due to human encroachment into natural habitats.

The haunting sound of the last bird feels like it is calling into the void. It moved me to the core and made me think of what we are doing in the name of so called ‘development’. It makes me question why we have destroyed millions of acres of jungle, polluted rivers, ruined countless natural habitats of wildlife and completely swept away thousands of species in just a couple of centuries. For what?

This work “3652 Earth days” is a point of juxtaposition of two totally opposite events, which took place within a span of 10 years. We launched Voyager 1 in 1977 in the hope of finding life outside earth and in 1987, almost 10 years later, another species becomes extinct here. The sound used is a remix of the original recording by H. Douglas Pratt in 1987, remixed by Robert Davis in 2009.

3652 Earth days. 2020.
Consumers. 2020. Acrylic and watercolour on paper. 21” x 15”
Iccha mrityu. 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 30” x 36”
The fall. 2020. Acrylic and watercolour on paper. 30” x 21”
Untitled – 1. 2020. Acrylic and watercolour on paper. 10” x 15”

Parul Sharma

College of Art, New Delhi

Deconstruction (Installation view 1). 2019.
Acrylic on canvas and iron rods. 5.5’ x 4.5’ x 5.5
Deconstruction (Installation view 2). 2019.
Acrylic on canvas and iron rods. 5.5’ x 4.5’ x 5.5
Deconstruction (Installation view 3). 2019. Acrylic on canvas and iron rods. 5.5’ x 4.5’ x 5.5
Deconstruction (Installation view 4). 2019. Acrylic on canvas and iron rods. 5.5’ x 4.5’ x 5.5
Deconstruction (Installation view 5). 2019.
Acrylic on canvas and iron rods. 5.5’ x 4.5’ x 5.5

R. Nitheen

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

Ravina Anilkumar Bhaisa

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

Rumit Donga

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

The Barber Shop. 2019. Watercolour on newsprint paper. 60” x 48”
Untitled (1). 2020. Watercolour on newsprint paper. 13” x 10”
Untitled (2). 2019. Watercolour on newsprint paper. 66” x 102”
Untitled (3). 2020. Watercolour on newsprint paper. 13” x 610”
Man with dog. 2020. Watercolour on newsprint paper. 18” x 24”
Line ( લાઇન ). 2020. Charcoal on paper. 13” x 93”

Sagar Gupta

Shiv Nadar University

In this photo essay, I tried to explore and experience how it feels to be in a space, once filled with memories and belongings of people who lived or worked there. I felt the absence of human life and everything was so still and calm, as if time had stopped there while the world moved on. These places still exist among us in the new world, standing alone, decaying or awaiting a slow death. These structures, once so imposing and alive with human activity are now falling apart and soon will cease to exist. The clamour of these spaces has been replaced by silence and what remains is the whisper of the broken structure.

Sanskriti Agarwal

The IIS University

Untitled. 2019. Monoprint. 4” x 8.25” each

Vandana Kumari

College of Art, New Delhi

Ethnic Identity – I. 2019. Oil on canvas. 72” x 78”
Ethnic identity – II. 2019. Oil on canvas. 84” x 60”
Ethnic Identity – III. 2019. Oil on canvas. 60” x 84”
Intolerance. 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 54” x 48”