Gandhi’s Three Monkeys get a different rendition

May 28, 2012 - 3:07:07 am

 

Three sculptures by Indian artist Subodh Gupta, Gandhi’s Three Monkeys, have been installed recently at Katara. Made from bronze, steel, and old utensils; the sculptures refer to Mahatma Ghandi’s three monkeys, See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil. Alongside the newly installed sculptures, QMA is hosting “Louise Bourgeois: Conscious and Unconscious” exhibition which is on until June 1.

DOHA: “Gandhi’s Three Monkeys”, three sculptures by world-renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta have been installed recently at Katara.

Made from bronze, steel, and old utensils, the sculptures refer to India’s famous hero of peace, Mahatma Ghandi, portrayed as three heads in military headgear.

Using worn brass domestic utensils, the forms of a soldier’s helmet, a terrorist’s hood and a gas mask reinforce Gupta’s dialectics of war and peace, public and private, global and local, themes that run throughout his work. The gears worn by the three men in the sculptures represent the historical meaning of Ghandi’s three monkeys, “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.”

Commenting on the installation of the sculptures, Mansoor Al Khater, QMA Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very proud to have installed Subbodh Gupta’s ‘Three Monkeys’ in Katara. Subodh is a world renowned artist and this strong statement of peace couldn’t be installed in a better location. It also illustrated QMA’s continued collaboration with Katara. We are grateful for their shared enthusiasm for the arts.”

Born in 1964 in Khagaul in the northern state of Bihar, India, Gupta completed a painting degree in Patna city before moving to New Delhi. Throughout his work, he uses objects related to Indian life including domestic kitchenware and means of transport such as bicycles and scooters. His experience of the stark contrasts between rural and urban experiences and cultural dislocations are themes that permeate his artistic practice. Other artworks by Gupta explore India’s increasingly globalised vision of travel and the economic migrations of its workforce.

Alongside the newly installed sculptures, QMA is hosting “Louise Bourgeois: Conscious and Unconscious” exhibition which will stay on view until June 1 at QMA Gallery, Building No 10 in Katara.

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