New Delhi: Contemporary
Indian artist Bani Abidi, who was born in Pakistan and Adip Dutta
will showcase two of their new works, "A Table Wide Country" and
"Nestled" respectively at the prestigious Frieze Art Fair in
London Oct 11-14.
The Frieze Art Fair, one of the Britain's leading contemporary art
fairs is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with works by
1,000 leading contemporary artists and commissioned projects from
around the world at the Regent's Park sprawling landscaped venue
in London, a release said.
Abidi, an emerging contemporary artists with roots in Pakistan, is
known for her visual commentary on urban lifestyles.
Her work, "Table Wide Country" (2012) is a set of photographs shot
in the home of a fictitious character capturing human
eccentricities in make-belief worlds that often becomes
psychological cushions against life and
memory. The work is an extension of her earlier project, "The
Speech Writer" (2011).
The leading character in Abidi's "A Table Wide Country" is also a
collector of war models. He reacts to history of a popular
conflict with his own narratives that are uneasy, provocative and
Born in Karachi, Bani Abidi uses video and photography to comment
on politics and culture, often in absurd visual symbolism. Abidi
this year exhibited at the Documenta 13 in Kessel in Germany and
exhibited solo at Baltic, Gateshead in 2011. Her works are part of
important collections at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York,
the British Museum in London and in the Burger Collection in Hong
Adip Dutta's sculpture, "Nestled" at the Frieze Art Fair in London
is a set of elaborate bird's nests with which the artist tries to
explore the relationship between the ordinary, nature and the
diverse material to create a monumental form.
Dutta weaves and layers his work - in an act of replication like
that of a bird's nest in an effort to build, protect and preserve.
The weaver bird's nest is at once a symbol of great aesthetic
sensibilities, delicate craftsmanship, never-ending toil and
perseverance, says Dutta.
"It is also a great example of the nesting instinct in humans and
other mammals to provide a sense of protection and care. The
primal instinct is to build a shelter which transcends time and
place," Dutta said.
Dutta has made five enlarged, immaculately handmade weaver bird's
nests that hang from a tree, hand-woven delicately with stainless
steel wire and industrial scrubbers simulating the process and
phenomenon of 'nesting'.
Dutta in his works challenge the role of material, form and
juxtaposes clashing objects with each other to create synergy
between the wanted and the unwanted and politics of exclusion and
The nest will hang from a large tree in the natural surroundings
of the park. Regent's Park is the richest site for bird watchers
The artists will be represented by the Experimenter Gallery.
The Sculpture Park at Frieze London 2012 is located in the
surroundings of the English Garden.
The artists exhibiting at the Sculpture Park are Hemali Bhuta,
Adip Dutta, Sam Falls, Hans Josephsohn, Alan Kane and Simon
Periton, Yayoi Kusama, Sean Landers, Michael Landy, Peter
Liversidge, Andreas Lolis, Jean-Luc Moulene, David Nash, Damián
Ortega, Anri Sala, Thomas Scheibitz, William Turnbull and Maria