Naiza Khan in ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ at Nature Morte Delhi

03rd October 2014


Nature Morte
A-1, Neeti Bagh, Anand Lok
New Delhi

Et in Arcadia Ego is a group art show by Rohini Devasher, Saravanan Parusuraman, Riyas Komu and Naiza Khan. The Latin title for the show translates as “Even in Arcadia, there am I,” referring to the contrast between the ever-present shadow of death and the idle pleasures of Utopia. Et in Arcadia Ego is also the famous title of two pastoral scenes byNicolas Poussin depicting the ideal world of classical antiquity.

The works of these four artists converge on these reference points in a variety of media – video, print-making, installation, photography, and watercolor with the medium of drawing being explored in multiple directions, anchored to the terrain and consequently acting as an examination of the artists’ place within the world, be it Utopian or Dystopian. The artistic antecedents hovering in the air are robust, from the neo-classical paintings of Nicolas Poussin, the Dada constructions of Kurt Schwitters, and the neo-expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat, while the works also engage with multiple scientific disciplines.

Image: Naiza Khan, The Streets are Rising, 2012-13, oil on canvas, 200 x 256 cm (78 ¾ x 100 ¾ in).