Open Day - Awdhesh Tamrakar
August 16, 2017 I Utsha Foundation For Contemporary Art, VR-39, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
His series of work 'Displaced Places' was inspired by his exploration of the rich cultural heritage of Bhubaneswar and focused on the temples and other architectural structures situated in the area. His inquiries were directed towards the abandoned and old architectural spaces, their relation to the present structure, as well as the people living around and how they are connected socially and culturally.
In his words, “It is intriguing to see the social engagement and alternative uses of these spaces, where they are still connected with many activities and creating a platform for communication. At some places it was difficult to distinguish between the old and new structure, while at other few places it seems as if the structures are emerging from the ground. Many such visuals lead me to develop this series of work called 'Displaced Places'. This series includes five works- two sculptural works, one photographic installation and one video installation and a set of drawings."
About the artist
Awadesh Tamrakar, born and brought up in Shahgarh, Dst. Sager, Madhya Pradesh, India. Presently living and working in Baroda, India. He earned MVA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda, Gujarat in 2015. And BVA from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda, Gujarat 2013. He has received Gold Medal, Sculpture Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda 2015, Chinmoy Pramanik Memorial Award, Faculty of Fine art, Baroda 2015, Sponsorship Award for Solo exhibition, SCZCC, Nagpur 2015, Emerging Master Award, Sarjan art gallery, Baroda 2014. Solo Exhibitions “Unfastened Association” solo show at Faculty of Fine arts, Baroda 2016, to name a few.
He has been part of several prestigious shows since 2012 like Madhyama, Raza Foundation, Delhi, ID-ENTITY, New Delhi, naming a few. Awdhesh has been part of Art and Science Dialogue, Collaboration project between TIFR and Department of Fine Arts, S. N. School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, National Stone Carving Camp, Sczcc and Wcz, Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan, naming a few.