BETWEEN THE LINES

The expression “Between the Lines” usually refers to the act of deriving hidden meanings in a literary text. While literature as a form primarily resorts to the beauty of language, the real power of literature is in what is unsaid. Implied meaning, as it is, can be translated to implied lines in the open spaces or implied melodies in musical silence. Human ability to fill in the blanks is at the core of orchestrating artistic creations. Death can be read as blankness; it can be heard as silence. If the artistic blankness or silence alludes to death or absence, then the aesthetic device of reading ‘between the lines’ take on a philosophical dimension of being and nothingness.

It is extremely rare that more than 80 artists, musicians and writers come together to pay tribute to a journalist, as a four-month long series of exhibitions and artistic events, four months after his untimely demise. Manoj Nair, who was highly regarded as an art writer, music theorist, critic and curator, passed away in the first week of June in his beach house in Fort Kochi, after serving as the editorial director of the recently concluded Kochi Muziris Biennale. It is most appropriate that Manoj Nair’s friends and artists are commemorating him through the exhibition series titled “Between the Lines” in Gallery 27 in Mattancherry, a small town which Manoj Nair was really attached to, while spending time researching the place along with biennale founders and subsequently relocated to Kochi after his roles as a journalist in Delhi and a cultural studies lecturer in London.

Manoj Nair always wanted to do a large scale exhibition in Kochi and he had expressed that wish to Gallery 27. Manoj Nair also had suggested many titles for the show, out of which Gallery 27 found ‘Between the Lines’ as the most poetic title, as it alludes to literature, visual arts and music simultaneously, as these are three art forms that Manoj followed religiously and developed lifelong friendships. ‘Between the Lines’ as a show is composed of three parts, like waves in a musical concert.

The first wave of ‘Between the Waves’ will open on 19th October, which will feature more than 25 artists – friends of Manoj Nair, including painters, photographers, sculptors and performing artists who will lovingly display their creations in the memory of more than three decades of Manoj’s active inculcation of friendships in art and culture. Subsequent waves of ‘Between the Lines’ will happen in November and December of 2019 with artists from various cities in India and abroad. The first wave of the exhibition is from October 19 to November 16, immediately followed by the opening of the second wave on November 23 and it concludes on December 21. The opening of the third wave coincides with the holiday week of New Year celebrations in Fort Kochi, on December 28th 2019 and goes on till January 31st 2020. Following the three waves of “Between the Lines” in Mattancherry, the exhibition will travel across the harbour to the mainland Ernakulam for a week long exhibition of all the artworks at the Durbar Hall Gallery.

Boney Keyar

Boney Keyar

Education: SSLC Languages: Malayalam, English, Tamil Experience: 43 years work and experiences in Photography, videos and films Publications: Work together with international masters in documentary and films: “Rajas Journey” “The power of Amimsa” Award Winner and participant in state contests Photography state exhibitions 2011-12 “Kerala Lalithekala Academy”

Sukesan Kanka

Sukesan Kanka

Sukesan Kanka (born on 24 Feb. 1981) graduated from the Govt College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala in Sculpture. Besides participating in a number of group shows both in India and abroad, he has been part of various residences and won many awards. One can comprehend his journey in art by going through the details…

Sajeesh.P.A

Sajeesh.P.A

Academic Background 2008-MFA (Painting ) RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thripunithura 2006-BFA (Painting ) RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thripunithura Awards 2008 – Special mention Award by the Kerala lalithakala Academi 2013 – Kerala lalith kala Acadami State Award 2014-2015 – Siddhartha Foundation State Award 2016-2017 – National Lalitha Kala Academi…

Unnati Singh

Unnati Singh

DOB: 23rd March 1975 Education: Economic Honors, Mumbai, 1994 Honors in System Management, Ahmadabad, 1996 PG Diploma in Textile Designing, Chandigarh, 1998 Solo Exhibition Kala Academy, Goa, 1999 Kerkar Art Complex Goa, 2004 Kerkar Art Complex, Goa, 2007 Kerkar Art Complex, Goa, 2008 Jahangir Art Gallery Mumba 2008 De Observant Art Gallery, Amersfoort, Holland 2011…

T. Kaladharan

T. Kaladharan

Eminent Indian artist and scholar Late M.V.Devan, was the Guru of Kaladharan in painting and sculpture. Kaladharan has held 56 Solo Exhibitions from 1978 to 2016 in prominent galleries across India including Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi and Jahangir Art Gallery Mumbai. He has also attended workshops and held exhibitions of his works in Germany and…

Mathai K.T

Mathai K.T

Born in Pangarappilly, Ernakulam, Kerala. Diploma & Post diploma in painting, RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura, Kerala Solo Exhibitions 2015 “ Nobodies’ Séance” Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, Alappuzha , Kerala 2009 ‘Climacterics’, Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, Calicut. 2008 ‘Fairy Tales from a Lost Land’ curated by Johny M L, Gallery OED, Kochi,…

Madhu Venugopalan

Madhu Venugopalan

1976: Born in kochi. 1998: BFA in Painting, College of Fine Arts , Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala,India. SOLO SHOWS: 2014: RECLUSE’S SONATA.,Art Hub AbuDhabi.works done during One month Indian Art Residence 2010: Reassurance, Gallery Blue Spade, Bangalore. 2009: ’Vernacular/Suspended’, Palette Art Gallery ,New Delhi., 1999: Zen Studio Gallery , Eramalloor, Alappuzha 1998: DH Art Gallery Kochi CURATION:…

Priti Vadakkath

Priti Vadakkath

Born on 20 Sep 1971, in Fort Kochi, Kerala, completed her Bachelors in History of Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai in 1992.  She did a 3 year Diploma in Accessory Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, in the year 1995. Was the winner of the De Beers Indian Jewellery Design…

Manoj Vyloor

Manoj Vyloor

Born in 1973, in Kochi, Kerala Education/Qualifications 1986-91: Informal studies in Painting and Drawing at Kerala Kalapeetom, under artist T. Kaladharan. Got early exposure to various art movements, master works, world literature and cinema. Widely read Indian Philosophy as interpreted by Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati. Developed deep interest in the…

Sebastian C. Varghese

Sebastian C. Varghese

Exhibitions 2019 – Feb – Surrounds – Group show – In memory of Rajan Krishnan, Chruthuruthi, Kerala, India. 2018 – Feb – Mar – Verdant Memories- Group show, Threshold Gallery, New Delhi, India. 2016 – Feb – Water Variations – Solo show, Threshold Gallery, New Delhi, India. 2015 – May – ‘NH 7+47′- Group show,…

Marnie Dean

Marnie Dean

EDUCATION 2007: Master of Visual Arts, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. 2005: Training Certificate CIL (Center for Intentional Living, New York, USA). 2004: Advanced Diploma of Body Psychotherapy, Institute of Energy Science, Queensland Australia. 2003: Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (First Class), Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. 2001: Bachelor of Visual Arts in…

Gireesh GV

Gireesh GV

Gireesh GV is a documentary photographer artist who lives and works in New Delhi. Born in 1970 Gireesh studied painting from the College of Fine Arts in Thiruvananthapuram, his hometown. He further pursued a Masters in Fine Arts at the SN School of Fine Arts and Performing arts, Central University of Hyderabad. He specialized in…

George Martin P.J.

George Martin P.J.

BORN Angamaly, Kerala, India; in 1973 STATUS Lives and works in New Delhi EDUCATION Master of Visual Arts (sculpture), Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, India (1999-2001) Bachelor of Fine Arts (sculpture), College of Fine Arts, Thiruvanthapuram Kerala, India (1994-1998) SOLO SHOWS 2013 Empty Envelops, Palette Art Gallery, and New Delhi. 2009 Objective voice,…

Binoy Varghese

Binoy Varghese

QUALIFICATION National Diploma in Fine Arts, from R.L.V. College of Fine Arts, Kerala RESIDENCY PROGRAMME 2007 Aicon Gallery New York, USA 2000 Banff Centre for Arts, Alberta, Canada 1998 Apparao Galleries, New Delhi, India 1997 Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, India 1994-98 Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai, India 1993 Mahdavan Nair Foundation, India AWARDS AND SCOLARSHIPS…

Zakkir Hussain

Zakkir Hussain

Born  on 1970 in Kerala , India. Lives and  Works in Kochi, Kearla .   Education 1994- BFA  painting from  The College of Fine Arts , Trivandrum , Kerala. India . 1997- M.F.A. in Graphics  , MS university of Baroda , Gujarar , India . Solo  Exhibitions 2018- Procrustean possibilities, The Guild Art Gallery ,…

Gabriela Garcia-Luna

Gabriela Garcia-Luna

Born in Mexico City. Works between Canada India and Mexico. EDUCATION MFA candidate, second year, University of Saskatchewan Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Bachelor of Graphic Communication and Design. SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019 Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, SK – Edge 2018 Slate Fine At Gallery, Regina, SK – Ponds 2016-2018 OSAC Touring Saskatchewan, Canada, Kathgodam…

Deepthi.P.Vasu

Deepthi.P.Vasu

B.F.A. Degree in Painting from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. 1994 Worked as an artist on Scholarship in the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad in 1998-99. Solo Exhibition of Paintings 2011: ‘Helices’, Chaithanya Art Gallery, Kochi 2011: ‘Helices’, Art Gallery, Vyloppilly Samskrithy Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram 2003: ‘Maze’, Kashi Art Café, Fort Kochi. 2000: ‘Recent…

Biju Ibrahim

Biju Ibrahim

B. 1981, Malappuram, Kerala Lives and Works in Kerala Biju Ibrahim’s photographic practice involves eight years of rigorous practice in making images, having received no formal education and training in photography — with the weight of the labour, journeys across fractured landscapes, burnt down histories, Biju Ibrahim captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people…

Aji.V.N

Aji.V.N

1968 born in Kallissery, Kerala, India 1986-1991 College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (BFA in Painting) 1991 working period at Canoria Centre of Art, Ahmadabad 1992-1995 College of Art, Delhi (MFA in Painting) 1996-1997 Lecturer in the Department of Painting at the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum 2001-2002 werkbeurs (grant from Foundation for Visual Arts, The…

Aditi Lago

Aditi Lago

Aditi Lago was born in Barcelona, Spain . Is self taught The first years of its race participate in multiple contests of painting in the foundation Joan Miro, Also for the ministry of culture and some biennials of contemporary art. He attends several art seminars for a period of five years, In “Arteleku” – Donostia,…

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