KOLKATA: 'GenNext', the annual exhibition, hosted by Kolkata's well-known Aakriti Art Gallery, is a platform for the young contemporary artist. Here, painters, sculptors and graphic artists are encouraged to put up their works, showcase their skills and their ability to negotiate complex modern issues through their medium of choice.
The annual exhibition, which is held every year in the month of October, was conceptualized as an initiative to set up a fresh focus on contemporary art where the pathfinders to enunciate this project would be the young generation. The focus here is on the works of young and upcoming artists and their interpretation of contemporary issues through art.
The real motivation behind the 'GenNext' show was to promote the creative potential of young talents below forty years. A clear and transparent selection procedure was conceived for this. Artists are selected by a panel of judges that includes art historians, critics, artists and connoisseurs from the entries received within a stipulated time frame of the year for which announcement is done in different media worldwide every year. The selected artists are then asked to send their current works to be showcased.
GenNext I (2006) showcased works of twenty-seven emerging painters, sculptors and printmakers from Eastern India. GenNext II (2007) brought together forty young artists from various corners of the country to display a medley of expressions, where imageries engaged viewers to respond to new-age visual language. GenNext III (2008) encapsulated a vision to bring together a global generation to give a novel direction to the art world. Artists from Austria, USA, Canada, France, Poland, Italy, Bangladesh and Pakistan came together with Indian young contemporaries and initiated a new discourse.
In the GenNext IV (2009), once again thirty-four artists from India, Pakistan, South Korea, Hungary and USAgot together from the spheres of painting, sculpture, printmaking, interactive sculpture, video art, photography and installations.
GenNext V (2010) showcased paintings, sculptures, textile and fine prints, digital prints, new media, mixed media, along with photography, and installations, thus expanding the boundary of the conventional faculties of visual arts. Artists from across the country and abroad, including Pakistan, China, UK, France and Italy participated in the show.
Artists below the age of forty, who are keen to participate in the GenNext VI show, can approach Aakriti Art Gallery well before June 30, 2012, for details regarding their taking part in the exhibit.