Shivani Sahasrabudhe (MeraNews, Ahmedabad): For Khushboo Bagga, it is all about promoting good artwork.
“I have visited many international locations and observed the artwork there. Many people are involved in such work and they are appreciated for it, whereas in Ahmedabad this happens on a small scale,” says Bagga, the founder and director of Ahmedabad Art é Fair, which held its third edition from Friday to Sunday at Rajpath Club.
Bagga says her initiative is meant to promote good artwork. “Here, all kinds of art are seen. The art fraternity here includes more than 1,000 people,” she says, adding that Art é Fair is not just for the masters, but is a platform for all to showcase their work.
The third edition of the event featured the works of more than 50 national as well as international artists and was inaugurated by Diya Kumari, the princess of Jaipur; Padma Shri recipient Paresh Maity and Sunaina Anand, director of New Delhi’s Art Alive Gallery.
For Bagga, the best part of the art fair is meeting lots of people and artists. “I get to learn a lot about art from them. I am still young and I like to learn more and more. Dia Mehta Bhupal, who has represented India internationally, is also here this time. We are very humbled by her presence,” she says.
Bhupal, the only Indian to present a series of artworks at the Rendez-Vous, Jeune Création Internationale at the 2017 Biennale de Lyon, spoke about her journey and how versatility impacts the work of the modern-day artist on Saturday.
Bagga says this edition of the Art é Fair has a lot of variety—from heritage canvas paintings to three-dimensional (3D) photography and much more.
Nayna Soparkar’s installation is a case in point. “We are trying to convey the message that if one shoe could change Cinderella’s life, then flipflops can change the lives of the barefooted. This is a basic necessity, so we are donating to the age group of 5-13 years. We want to spread the message that more people can do this, so that one day we will see fewer people going barefoot,” she says.
Converting art into fashion was what Seema Aswani of Little Design Studio focused on. “We started our concept based on hand painting. Our idea was to convert art into fashion, based mainly on traditional and abstract paintings and miniature and vintage concepts and Egyptian paintings. We have also worked on the story concept, in which there is something to say or there is a message, like a small girl wearing her mother’s sandals,” she says.
“My work has texture in the figure as well as in the background... We are made up of five basic elements that are present in animals as well as humans, so there is no difference between animals and human beings—we are the same. So, to show that there is no superiority in any creation of god, I decided to have textures in humans as well as nature,” says artist Poonam Anand.