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 "Take a auto directly go home. Don`t go anywhere for any reason" 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, it'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.
NILMONI CHATTERJEE BORN : 1976, Kolkata, W.B. QUALIFICATION : MFA (IKS university , Kharagarh,India), 2005 GROUP EXHIBITION: 2010 ‘India at Crossroads !!!’ Organized By Galerie Art Eterne,N.D.110030 2010 Group Exhibition’ Expression2010’ organized By Naivedya Art Gallery, Naivedya Art Gallery,Coloba,Mumbai-400005.India 2010 Group Exhibition ‘color of rijoice’Visual Art Gallery,India Habitet Centre,N.D, Organized by MDMA India Ltd, India 2009 Group Exhibition ‘SENSESION’ at Birla Art and Culture,kolkata with the young artist Bengal school of art 2009 Group Exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 2009 Group Exhibition at Encasa art gallery, Mumbai,India Organized by sejalan Encasa art gallery, 2009 Group Exhibition at Art 2 day, pune, Maharastrya Organized by art 2 day, 2008 Group Exhibition’unlimited lines” at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 2007 Group Exhibition ‘light And dark’at Nehru Art Centre (AC), Mumbai 2007 Group Exhibition ‘black And White at Art Entrance, Mumbai 2006 Group Exhibition at Encasa Art Gallery,Mumbai, Organized by sejalan encase art gallery,Mumbai,india 2005 Group Exhibition at I.K.S.V.V at Khairagarh,C.G 2005 Group exhibition at rabindra bhaban, lalit kala academy, New Delhi, 2004 Group Exhibition ‘bengal school of art’Organized by Bengal fineart college, At Ashutosh Centenary Hall,kolkata,W.B 2004 Open Air Exhibition with Contemporary Artist of W.B india Organized By BMC,Kolkata700123 2003 Group Exhibition at Ashutosh Centenary Hall, Indian Musium, kolkata ,W.B Organized by Bengal Fine Art College, kolkata, 2003 Group exhibition ‘ Young Faces of West Bengal’ Basirhath, W.B,India, Organized by ‘all India atitist & writer organijesion’ , 2002 Annual Exhibition of Bengal fine art college ,kolkata, org by Bengal Fine Art Collage at Ashutosh Centenary Hall, Indian Musium, Kolkata, 2002,2003, PARTCIPETION 2005 Banga Sanmelon2005 at Kolkata,WB,Inndia 2005 Child festival 2006,org by Uttaran,kolkata 2009 ART & BOOK FAIR 2009 At BKP,Kolkata-700123 2009 Bombay art society,all India artist participation,Mumbai 2009 India art society, all India artist participation ,mumbai 2010 ‘Bajaj 2010 Monsoon Show’ Org By kamalnayan bajaj art gallery ,mumbai-21 SOLO EXHIBITION : 2011 ‘funis’ at academy of fine arts,kolkata,W.B 2009 ‘The Color’ at Encasa Art Gallery Org, by Sejalan Encasa art gallery at Mumbai, 2009 ART CAMP : 2001 Terracotta Work Shoap Kolkata Book Fair 2001 org by ‘Calcutta Sculptor’ 2002 Sejuti” Work Shop, Kolkata 2003 2003 Dokra Casting Work Shop, Kolkata org by karukrit, kolkat, 2003 2003 Work shop attend With the prostitute children’s at Kolkata ,Organized ‘the project of jabala‘ 2004 “Haldi Utsab”Org by C.P.T.Recreation club, Haldia, W.B, 1998 COLLECTION : Some of collection and commissions in India and around the world like Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Australia, Finland .German, France, Italy, Russia,uk, England ADDRESS : B-1/13, Sec- 1, N.N.P., Goregaon (E), Mumba