BENGALURU: Disability, trauma and the complex process of recovery is the central theme of the series of art works, ‘Mending Cracks’, exhibited at the Venkatappa Art Gallery, by artist Raghavendra Rao. The show consists of videos, digital images and an installation of drawings made out of gauze and X-ray sheets, exposing the audience to a different form of art.
“The partial paralysis and atrophy of my left arm made me realise the complex meaning of ‘mending’,” said Raghavendra Rao who was buried under rubble in the 2001 earthquake in Kutch. This incident in his life has been an inspiration to his art work.
The use of X-ray sheets and gauze are symbolic of the incident and also depicts the complicated process of healing. The X-ray sheets act as a metaphor for diagnosis and the gauze, for healing and cure.
Raghavendra Rao, who researched on art production and trauma found that often, works on trauma and healing are assumed to target a specific audience rather than a broader public. “It is my goal to reach out to a wider audience, to communicate the idea of trauma and healing,” he said.
Preliminary work in ‘Mending cracks’ series was exhibited in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. A selection of these will be displayed there again in January 2017. The artist’s idea has also inspired the South Asia Canada History Association (SACHA), to envision a project that engages the nationwide commemoration of the 150-year story of Canada in 2017 around the idea of trauma and recovery.
The exhibition at Venkatappa Art Gallery, which began on December 2, 2016, is open to the audience till December 7, 2016.