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An art piece of Mizoram showcased at the “Contemporary Art” exhibition at India International Centre (IIC) Annexe in New Delhi
An art piece of Mizoram showcased at the “Contemporary Art” exhibition at India International Centre (IIC) Annexe in New Delhi|EastMojo Image
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Mizo art brought to national forefront

Blend of western technique and regional traditions Mizoram arts showcased at week-long “Contemporary Art” exhibition in New-Delhi     

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Contemporary Mizo arts that speak of the contemporary Mizo identity as a complex mixture of global influences and valued regional traditions have been brought to national forefront with the beginning of a week-long "Contemporary Art" exhibition at India International Centre (IIC) Annexe in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The event, which will run till 26 February, is being organized by Information & Public Relations department of the Mizoram government in collaboration with India International Centre with an objective to bring Mizoram on the map of the burgeoning Indian contemporary art.

27 contemporary paintings by 14 leading Mizo young artists belonging to Mizoram Art Development Society (MADS) have been displayed at the exhibition titled “Art Exhibition Contemporary Paintings by leading Artists of Mizoram.”

27 contemporary paintings by 14 leading Mizo young artists presented at exhibition titled “Art Exhibition Contemporary Paintings by leading Artists of Mizoram.”

The exhibition was preceded by a preview from critics, officials of India International Centre, media and officers and staff of Mizoram’s Information & Public Relations department on Tuesday.

Such event was also organized by the state government in New Delhi last year with an objective to expose Mizo traditions and culture to the outside world through arts.

On studying the current condition of the Mizo art scene, one can find a blend of western artistic techniques and regional traditions. However, the Mizo identity and sensibility come to the fore in matters of the subject and contextual affiliations.

"Taking up materials, techniques and idioms from Western cultural practices, the Mizos construct their own artistic language by amalgamating them with the Mizo sensibility and culture.

"We see in the current exhibition the idyllic Mizo rural scenes, Mizo lasses, and local flora and fauna as very dominant themes that the Mizo artists are working with, while using Western techniques and styles," Isaac Malsawmtluanga, a participant and art education professor at District Institute of Education and Training, Aizawl, told reporters.

He said that the core of the Mizo identity is still deeply rooted in their age old traditions and value, which need to expose to the outside world through arts.

With their unique flavor and freshness, there is a need to look beyond borders and connect the dots to situate the Mizo contemporary art practice into the larger framework of Indian contemporary art.

Along with his co-exhibitors who are mostly self-taught artists, some involved with art schools and galleries of Mizoram, Malsawmtlaunga, who is part of an art movement at MADS, hopes to bring their visual voices to a larger audience through the exhibit.