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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Manish Nai

b. 1980, India

The abstract, formally spare and physically compacted work of Manish Nai stems from his dialogue with certain emblematic examples of late Western Modernist art, coupled with his preoccupation with materiality, which pushes his practice towards the making of simple, unitary forms that are salient in Minimalism. Nai decides to exploit his material's malleability—by twisting and wringing and folding it—and then shapes and compresses its tactile voluptuousness into fairly monumental rectangular or square slabs. The process of compressing the materials—jute, corrugated cardboard, newspapers, old clothes—hardens their initial malleability, desiccates their ductility, transforming them into flattened fossilized versions of themselves. 

The particular process deployed by him has led his work to take a more playful turn as in the slender ‘poles’ or 'beams' made of compressed clothes that are portable, lighter to handle, more vivid in their colouristic appeal. These are either serially propped up against a wall (recalling the similar disposition of a series of distaffs in a famous work by Jannis Kounellis) or piled up in a heap on the floor. Considered individually, the pole cannot but recall the portable coloured wooden staff that was a signature pictorial element of André Caderé’s performative and conceptual practice. 

Deepak Ananth

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Featured Artworks

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untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish Naiuntitled, 2018 Used clothes and wood
304.8 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish Naiuntitled, 2018 Used clothes and wood
304.8 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled, 2018 Teak and corrugated cardboard
80 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled, 2018 Pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
50.5 x 47 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled II by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled II, 2018 Copper
48 x 48 x 1 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled, 2018 Daily newspapers
73.6 x 18 x 18 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled (II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX) by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled (II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX), 2018 old books and wood,
90.7 x 6.9 x 4.3 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled IV by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled IV, 2017 Compressed aluminium sheet
121.9 x 121.9 x 7.6 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Manish Nai, Paper City and Ghost Modernity at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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5 December 2018–7 March 2019 Manish Nai Paper City and Ghost Modernity Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Alterations Activation Abstraction at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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28 February–30 March 2019 Group Exhibition Alterations Activation Abstraction Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York

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