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Habitat Photosphere hosts first international photography workshop by French artist Pascal Monteil on Saturday, Dec 19, 2015
A parallel exhibition will be mounted at Jor Bagh Metro Station from December 2015 till March 2016
New Delhi: As the first international workshop under the umbrella of the year-long photography festival titled Habitat Photosphere, India Habitat Centre (IHC) presents The World Upside Down: Modes of Representation in The East and the West by French artist Pascal Monteil at the Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre on Saturday, December 19 from 10.30 a. till 1.30 p.m. The fee for participation in the workshop is Rs. 400 for India Habitat Centre members; Rs. 500 for Non-Members and Rs. 200 Rs for Students. Phone # 43662024.
From Rome to Tokyo, through Ispahan, Lahore and Fatehpur Sikri, Monteil will take the participants of the workshop onto a visual journey through world art histories and their modes of representation. He will be discussing specific paintings as well as his personal journey as an artist taking inspiration from these various traditions.
In addition, Monteil’s work will also be exhibited at the Jor Bagh metro station from December 2015 till March 2016 as part of Habitat Photosphere’s aim of taking art photography into public spaces. Monteil’s works are done using a particular technique called digital painting. “Each of my work is done minutely with thousands of photographic elements either designed or painted; they are adjusted, superimposed, revised and lit-up on computer. Thanks to digital technique, using these fragments just as a painter would do with his colors and paintbrushes; I wish to achieve pictures with a photographic depiction combined with the very special power of painting to sublime the real and its emotional precision.”
Monteil’s work is an exploration and a re-interpretation of Persian and Indian miniature traditions.The exhibition at Jor Bagh metro station will consist of three works displayed on the backlit panels along with explanatory panels.
Says Dr Alka Pande, curator and art consultant, Visual Arts Gallery, IHC: “Pascal Monteil is an artist of the world. An international cosmopolitanism, bordering on the exotic and the unknown, characterize his suite of ‘paintings’. An artist who combines the traditional art of painting with contemporary digital photography makes compelling landscapes which cross boundaries of geographies and cultures."