'Arrival, October 9, 1947’ (Diptych), 2015

Basel 2016
Chemould Prescott Road
Oil on canvas. And acrylic, oil and polyester putty on galvanized steel
182.9 x 243.8 (cm)
72.0 x 96.0 (inch)
Atul Dodiya addresses the complexity of various simultaneous happenings in history - politics, art and culture - through powerful interjections in his works. ‘Police Crackdown, Bombay, July 9, 1930’ references a historical photograph of an event from the freedom struggle. The realism depicted in the photograph is interrupted through abstractions from the works of Rabindranath Tagore - poet and painter, working in Bengal at the very time that Gandhi was making his mark in the western provinces.