Location: Atrium – AFB
Date: Tue, 2011/05/24 (All day)
Born in Sirsi, Karnataka in 1972, Shanbhag completed a diploma course in Electrical Engineering before pursuing a diploma in painting from Bangalore in 1996. He then went on to study creative painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U., Baroda in 1998 and Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad in 1999. He resided in The Netherlands between 1999 and 2007 where he held six successful solos. Shanbhag was also the first Indian to participate in the prestigious artist-in-residency program at De ateliers, Amsterdam between 1999 and 2001. He now lives and works in Mumbai.
‘Back to the Roots’ is an intense monologue reflecting on issues relating to identity and existence. It was triggered when Shanbhag returned to India in 2007 and saw the plight of farmers in areas surrounding his ancestral village. His response was articulated in the form of this present suite of work which depicts blurred, shadowy figures set against a dramatic backdrop of psychedelic colors alluding to the trance-like state most of us exist in, oblivious to the reality our countrymen face. Through these works, Shanbhag delves into the struggles of the farmers and explores their identities while also drawing parallels to his own struggles and traumas.