|The works listed here are a creative responses to our time – by artists, writers and activists.|
April 28th 1937 a report and a gruesome picture appeared as a leading
story in the French news paper L 'humanite' from Paris. It was about the
outrageous bombing of the Basque village Guernica by the Nazi bombers.
When I first saw Guernica, that magnificent work of art, I never in my dream thought one day I have to create some thing in protest against an atrocity much more in magnitude than this that will happen in my own mother land.
That fateful day it all started the Sabharmati Express was set on fire at the Ghodhra station. The fire that ignited the communal hatred spread to the rest of the land of the Mahatma - Gujarath. The Gujarath carnage has shattered many innocent lives. Many parents became insane witnessing their own kith and kin being burned alive. At the end thousands became refugees in their own independent land and humanity covered its face in shame.
It created a
wound somewhere within me, in my inner creative space, it would not heal.
As a creative person I am a peace loving being. The basis of my creativity
is tranquillity and peace. It shattered that morning when I first read
the reports. I felt probably the same outrage and shame that Picasso must
have felt hearing the Guernica massacre. The initial numbness wore off
and a turbulence took place instead. Then it was frantic creative search
and my emotions controlled I got to work to create something, to react
in my own creative way to this.
I decided to
paint in three sections of five feet by six feet making it a fifteen by
six canvas. It is not tri-pitch but kind of a triology that has to be
viewed together. Having decided on the size I began to make idea sketches
and began sourcing images from several points of history. While I went
to Picassos work for inspiration I am well aware of making a historical
continuity with my work. Like Picasso did. He sourced inspiration and
ideas from several European painters works. A major source for this work
was Peter Paul Ruben's "The horror of war". While he has adapted
ideas from Raphael and Goya he got his pictorial elements from contemporary
photographs from news papers and periodicals that was testimonial to many
conflict in history that he used as basis for his sketches.
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