A voice to a voice and a word to a word spring into a dialogue. The voice might not be audible, or the word may remain unwritten. But the dialogue goes on. While the perpetual inner dialogue leads to an outer one and connects individuals, it is soliloquy that guides us to a journey within and listens to the thoughts reverberating inside.
Dialogue creates a space for diverse ideas, beliefs, emotions, desires and memories to be articulated and shared with others. The reciprocal process not only involves individuals but communities, cultures, places, and more inclusively non-living beings. There is a voice within us that engages the mind in self-questioning, ignites more in-depth queries and leads to the answers to our questions, doubts and confusions. A journey, introspective enough, can be a potent impetus for spiritual and artistic expressions. Art can simultaneously voice against injustice, immorality and viciousness, reflecting the artist’s concern for collective welfare. A dialogue can also emerge then, not only between the piece of art and its audience but engaging the thinking minds to reach a feasible solution of it.
The forthcoming edition of IPEP India 2019 calls for submissions that invite the viewer to respond to this melange of voices and create an unending trail of dialogue between them.
Somedutta Mallik, an artist, art historian and independent art writer, graduated in History of Art from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She received a master’s degree in Art History and Visual Studies from Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad in 2017.
She has conceptualised and designed the independent project Hiraeth (2019) that endeavoured to transcend the line between art and life. Her writings have been published in several web magazines. She has worked at Krishnakriti Foundation, Hyderabad as a Content and Research Associate. Her research interest lies in the anthropological study of objects and their biography in relation to human associations.
With the advent of summer in India an impassioned wait for another edition of IPEP is over, offering us an opportunity to take one more stride in the perennial odyssey of IPEP’S collective radical quest to reinvent our voices. Since 2013, we have had 160 participants from 33 countries contributing a fantastic run of 65+ exhibitions worldwide. 2018 saw IPEP leap to an envious level of success and interactivity among printmakers thanks to the untiring efforts of Mi/acrocosm curator Lina Vincent. Prof. Vishwanath Sabale, Dean and the students of Sir J. J. School of Art pitched in yet again for the grand exhibition at the 160+ years young heritage campus. Artist Sanjay Kumar’s spacious Studio Pannadwar kept its doors open for us at all times. Pradeep Patil’s Roaming Design streamlined our branding, communications and publicity.
One of the ideas behind IPEP was to bring participants at all levels of age and experience on an equal footing. The tremendous response from young artists so far enthused us to take the idea a step forward by roping in a young curator for 2019. We continue this fabulous journey with Somedutta Mallik, a trained printmaker, an excellent writer and a keen collaborator.
Somedutta’s call for ‘A voice to a voice’ couldn’t have been timed better. We face a world where opinions are getting sharper every moment, in spaces on and off-line, public and personal. The only way to diffuse this ghettoisation is through dialogue. I hope artists rise above the din around and within and speak through their silent works.
– Rajesh Pullarwar, IPEP India