Lusophonies/Lusofonias, an exhibition of works by artists from Portuguese-speaking countries, is showcased at the India International Centre&’s Kamladevi Complex. The works displayed come from Perve Gallery, Lisbon. This version is curated by Carlos Cabral Nunes, and has the support of the IIC, the Embassy of Portugal in India and diplomatic missions of the represented countries.

The very notion of Lusophonie is a very complex and confusing one involving as it does, the culture and conditions of so many vastly different countries. The exhibition has thus been divided into three historical Sections.Colonialism Rs featuring the period prior to when the Portugal dominated African countries gained independence in 1974-75. Artists featuring in this section are Aldina,Artur Bual, Crzeiro Seixas, EM Meloecastro, Eurico Goncalves, Ferando Lemos, Mario Cesariny, Martina Correia, and Pancho Guedes from Portugal, and Ernesto Shikhani and Malangatana from Mocambique.

Independence, the second section Rs from the years of struggle for Independence Rs features Agostinh Santos, Alberto Pimenta, Albino Moura, Alferdo Luz, Antonio Palolo, and Carlos Zingaro from Portugal,and Manuel Figueira from Cabo Verde, Marcello Grassmann from Brasil, Paulo Kapela from Congo/Angola, and Sergio Guerra from Brasil/Angola. The third section Rs Future Miscegenation and Diaspora Rs represents more contemporary artists not just from the Lusophonic countries but also from countries where artists follow and work on Lusophonic and African influenced art and share Portuguese as their common language.

Here we have Gabriel Garcia,Joao Garcia Miguel, Joao Ribeiro, Manuel Joao Vieira, and Rodrigo Bettencourt Da Camara from Portugal, Cabral Nunes from Mocambique and Portugal, Isabella Carvalho from Brasil, Sergio Santimano from Mocambique, and Subodh Kerkar from India with his performance-based photo series Of Donkeys, Demons and Diabolical Death. To describe terrorists as donkeys is an insult to donkeys, one had dare say Rs the poor docile God&’s creatures that they are!

The works are passionate and grim in the first phase, eased somewhat in the second, and clearly more colourful in the third, though the grimness persists,not letting up fully even as post Independence realities continue to rock sensibilities. A taste of history,of domination and trampling, a saga of colonized regions and its people, that culminates with the eye openers of Independence.

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Born from the passion of its founder Motti Abramovitz, with over 100 years of expertise in the industry, Bruno Art Group, with galleries in Israel,Singapore,Turks and Caicos Islands and the US, has evolved into one of the fastest growing art houses in and around Israel.For its third participation at India Art Fair,titled “Colors of the World” Bruno included some spectacular art by great Israeli masters like Marcel Janco, Yaacov Agam, David Gerstein, Reuven Rubin and many more. The exhibition presented a gamut of contemporary masters from across the globe. Raphael Abecassis from Israel is a master in depicting Biblical stories in vivid colours.

Yaacov Agam is the pioneer of the kinetic movement in art;Dganit Blechner is known for using bright and cheerful colours, together with extraordinary compositions of cities and icons from movies. David Gerstein deserves special mention for his layered brilliantly coloured cut outs of steel sheets, joined together to form spectacular tapestries in the entirely delightful Happy Times. Slava Ilyayev&’s were oil paintings in thick colors; Yuval Mahler drew upon a rich supply of wry humour,satire,caricature and comedy to produce insightful studies of human behaviour, and Israeli master Calman Shemi has developed the “soft painting”technique wherein his motifs from nature become universal signs for land,water, sky, vegetation, and sunlight.