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Vita Nova: A New Life

April 29-May 31, 2022

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Italian Embassy Cultural Center in association with Engendered and Art Hub present a group show of artists from India and Italy titled Vita Nova.

Inspired by Dante’s Literature, Vita Nova is an exhibition exploring transformations, connections and departures in contemporary craft and art between Italy and India. Vita Nova is the title of the poems by Dante, composed in honour of his lover and muse, that shapes the history of poetry in Italy and worldwide. The curation called for six artists from India and Italy to be challenged by this literature hero’s extraordinary body of work and explore the territory of ‘new life’ vita nova or the transformative life that Dante wrote about. The resulting exhibition lets us enter a realm of mystery and metaphor; the arcane and the magical; nature and humanity; mythology and memory; transformation and preservation; and ultimately the manifestation of something new. All six artists, Andrea Anastasio, Francesco Simeti, Marta Roberti, Puneet Kaushik, Raghava KK, and Shilo Shiv Suleman blur several distinctions as they work with a range of ‘handmade’ techniques from wood cuts, block prints, embroidery, tapestry, metal forging, blue pottery, miniatures, bidri, ceramics, clay and even cardboard making.

Find out more on the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre website.