“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
How do we define love? Is there a single answer to this or does the definition change with time, with age for every individual out there? How does one then perceive the complexities of this very layered emotion called ‘love’?
Delhi-based Vadehra Art Gallery’s ongoing exhibition, ‘Call Me by Your Name’, does not really offer any answers to these questions, rather provokes to delve deep into the idea of love and companionship that eventually leads one to self-discovery. Featuring some of the leading names of contemporary Indian art like Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Arpita Singh, Shilpa Gupta, Sunil Gupta, Gieve Patel, N.S. Harsha and Sudhir Patwardhan, the show has been conceptualised by Mumbai-based art collector Udit Bhamri.
While Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya and Sudhir Patwardhan, in their signature style, painted the passionate intimate moments between heterosexual couples, Sunil Gupta’s black and white photographs capture the portraiture of queer relationships. In Bhambri’s words, “Call Me By Your Name is an exploration of love in its many forms. It questions the status quo, and it attempts to erase labels. It accepts love in its multiple facets and in doing so attempts to infuse positivity in a time when a relationship of one kind or another, is our only panacea.”
‘Call me by Your Name’ continues through 13th August, 2021.
Image courtesy of vadehra art gallery