Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre was the most dramatic image of Death as a Leveler; Death in its horrific dance trampling over the king and the priest, the youth and the old, the rich and the poor. However, in the socialist leanings of these artists, one is informed that perhaps even in front of death ‘all are equal, but some more equal than others.’

Ajith Nedumnagad’s small sculptures and drawings engage with the incessant bloodshed, and beastly carcass-like corpses of a repressed section of the society, therefore politicizing the phenomena of death. Anupam Roy’s counter-propagandist stance, demands an overhauling of the oppressive of the state machinery which carefully strategizes and frames the deaths of its less privileged citizens.

T. Venkanna’s paintings from the series Looking for Peace, arouse the uncanny feeling of a cold, desolate and spectral landscape, wherein grotesque figures are engaged in ghastly activities, referring to and subverting archival as well as popular images.