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Jaidev Tripathy: Urbanscapes circa 2021

(Artist Profile)

Often captivated by spaces, perspectives, and human behaviour in intricate relationships with their surroundings, Jaidev has set on a journey to catch and articulate everyday narratives that surround him. A part of this journey translates to his illustrations, which involve the depiction of urban spaces and narratives. The expressive combination of hand sketches and digital rendering is aimed to prompt a moment of pause, as one viscerally engages with the artist’s perspectives alongside with their own.

Curatorial Note: “Jaidev Tripathy’s practice as an architect feeds into his work as an artist working in different mediums, creating rich and evocative works using the medium of drawing and digital rendering. His eye wanders from the spartan modernist architecture of Ahmedabad to its densely built fabric as seen through the lens of the Kite Festival. Another more definitive series presents the artist’s wandering through the multiple cities of Delhi: from the hustle and bustle of the Pahadganj bazaar to the going-ons of an unknown street in Mehrauli; and the concrete landscape of Nehru Place. The most powerful work in this series Death Row pours corrosive satire on the utopian Centra Vista Redevelopment Project. The artist’s juxtaposition of funeral pyres and the state of medical emergency coalesced with the grandiose ideas of power and politics creates an arresting image,  effectively criticising the Project. 

The works are experimental in their form and content, and use a very individualistic idiom. The artist’s musings on the city and interspersed with his personal observations and experiences of the pandemic; making this body of work multi-layered and very relevant to contemporary circumstances.”