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Nidhivan: Shine Shivan

December 8, 2022-January 5, 2023

Sakshi Gallery, 3rd Pasta Ln, Railway Colony, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sakshi Gallery announces Nidhivan, a solo exhibition by Shine Shivan.

Shine’s Nidhivan is a private pastoral that resides between retelling and reliving. Over the past many months, he has spent time in Awadh, Ayodhya, Bundi, Brindavan, Mathura, and Govardhan, amidst flora and fauna – a kind of excavation. In his armory are the myriad tales of Radha Krishna, and eternal tropes like love, eroticism, play, and bhakti. He brings to paper the spirit of theatre, there is an inherent tension that informs the works, and the unsaid lurks in every frame lifting them from the confines of illustration. A pictorial revisitation of Braj Bhoomi is a fraught enterprise; so much has already been represented in miniatures, in the Bengal school, and in popular culture. This Nidhivan is unique, with its wide-eyed childish innocence, its risque underpinnings, and its unabashed love of the idea of Krishna among the gopis.