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Mandar Shinde

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is actually the documentation of concurrent objects and incidences. Be it in the form of paintings, stories, sculptures, buildings, and so on.

Many times I wonder what'll future historians conclude about architecture or art in our times? We're just making (substandard) copies of ancient and folk art/literary forms.

Temples built in the 21st century imitate the 12th or 16th century architecture. Wall paintings in the year 2020 demonstrate natural landscapes of imaginary forests and mountains, which we have destroyed decades ago. Even our clothes are full of Buddha and Durga prints (irrespective of religious affiliations). No contemporary motifs such as cars and bikes and machines are found in cloth print. Don't we have enough ideas about this? Or don't we feel these objects as our own creation? Or we're so overwhelmed with the past that we don't want to look around when we need inspiration for art...

We need deliberate efforts in creating something that would be called 'our own art' in the future history books. Is someone reading this? I hope you are.

- Mandar Shinde


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