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Lethe: Poetry of Hidden Rivers

In classical Greek, the word 'lethe' literally means "oblivion", "forgetfulness", or "concealment" a mythological name of an underworld river of oblivion that produces loss of memory for those who drank from it. The shades of the dead drank off its waters to forget their mortal lives.

Using lethe as a metaphoric/apparitional space Midhun acknowledges a variety of influences in his work, he claims that his images generally have a subconscious plane populated by elements borrowed from his flowing memories and imaginary places. An attempt to conjoin fragmentary visions of his Spatio-temporal thoughts.

His works take one back to the picturesque elements borrowed from landscape elements, mundane objects, primary forests, and archetypal images. The surrounding images in the paintings invoke feelings interrelated with personal or collective memory; which are moments of peace and introspection. Midhun's paintings are layered with meaning which is at the fulcrum of ethereal beauty and gloom, light and dark, hope and despair, life and death, rooted in an urban dystopia.

Creating the pictorial surface as a foundation for expressions and contestations, he meditates on his pictorial space by removing most of the human interventions thereby converting them into a recitation of a time that has gone by - an inseparable part of my worldly existence.

Embedded in the fabric of life and underlined by multiple layers of paper (of addition and subtraction), each individual layers bring in the parts and components of existence to represent social existence, existential angst, fragmentation, and the complex ways in which we unify all these to create a life. These elements indeed add a fictional flavor that often misses the eye but explore the unity that is required to be created, so that both nature and art, consciousness and life can exist.

The artist imparts an aesthetic dynamism by exploring and documenting close environments and familiar physical reality thus transforming their inherent perceptions, consequently also urging us to question our collective consciousness.

The artists draw inspiration from their own dwellings to delve deep into the connection to memory, relationships, change in time, separations, endings of one’s place in the world, versus it. The exhibition shares perspectives and allows one to think and to re-look at their surroundings and identify the intangible markers of public surveillance hidden in plain sight.

- Ruchi Sharma, Curator

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