kolkata, west bengal, India
About Nilmoni Chatterjee
NILMONI CHATTERJEE One day a few years ago, I was walking along the JuHu beach in Mumbai. It was a pleasant evening when I got a phone call from one of my friend â€œTake a auto directly go home. Don`t go anywhere for any reasonâ€ When I was going back home I saw the huge traffic in high way was moving slowly and silently .No one even dared to blow a horn. All around was an uncanny atmosphere. In home when I hear the news in television all channels were covering the news of terrorist attack in Taj hotel, Mumbai. Suddenly the network of my phone failed. And I was just trapped in my tiny apartment. As citizen of a democratic nation people go along thinking in the abstract that they are clothed with a vestments of rights, protected then to freedom, equality, dignity, safety and justice and transform them from a mere biological organisms into properly empowered political entities. But when people go through a special crisis the frightening knowledge of their nakedness, their exposure to a combination of physical, psychological and political threats emerged. From the beginning of the civilization politics has played an impotent role in human society .I don`t know all those mile stones in history but I can nevertheless sense the role of politics. In every era of civilization No doubt politics plays a vital driving force throughout the daily life of common people of India in the last twenty years when I developed my consciousness. In the nineties India opened up it market to the global world. All the laws those protected labour were dismantled, natural resources were privatized and when that whole process was set into motion it unleashed a kind of totalitarianism .And this wave of globalization directly hit the lower level of society. Along with this the conflict between the majority community and minority community set into motion and this put a dark shed all over the society. As I grew up in a peaceful suburb near Kolkata, I submerged in the multidimensional social crisis of the middle class society to which I also belonged. My exposure with the helpless agony of common people begins from this point. From the beginning of my art education this social crisis becomes the vital driving force of my creativity. When I did my masters I got full exposure to the below poverty level mostly among the local tribal I had opportunity to come in close contact with some of these families and experience at depth the exploration faced by them from political crisis. A dark cloud of political crisis constantly hung over the society for the past twenty years. These processes manufactured terrorism and anti-socialism. This endless story of destitution, desperation, abuse and entrapment, migration, side effect of economic and political crisis haunted my mind. Every time I feel the agony and vulnerability of common people trapped in the system my painting represents the distorted faces of society. As an artist if you feel something and cannot express it, itâ€™s like dying. So I paint. Behind each of these paintings is a complex story. Of humiliation, tormentation, depression and protest for survival. The political crisis in every grass root level of the society continuously cursing down the marginalised population. People try to resist their destruction, that resistance gives rise to a whirligig in the grassroots level of the society. Though the kind of strategy people adopts to resist the onslaught of global capital is quite often not an ideological choice, but a choice dependent on the landscape in which those battles are being fought. My painting tells about the story of those who are fighting for self determination resisting their destruction. My canvases appear as a combination of textures and expressionism. My paintings strive to convey the human condition, with all its indignities and weaknesses. THE FACES- Series 2000 , portrays psychological torment of common people of India.