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The Artists

And, what’s an anti-art fair without its share of talented disruptors, no? This year’s edition of the Irregulars Art Fair promises to outshine last year’s edition (no offence artists from the first edit, but it was thrown together in a month), and a theme such as ‘Altered Realities’ could only have exciting things up its’ sleeves. We scoured the works, and came up with the 3 exhibits that piqued our interest the most.

What started off with a rumour that Van Gogh believed that if he ingested yellow pigment, it would cure him of his mental illness, Ipshita’s fascination with the hue began almost 2 years ago. So, be it collecting objects, or painting, she has since deep-dived into the significance of the bright hue, and been exploring what yellow means to you, her & I. Check out her exhibit ‘Decorations For The Yellow Mind’ to delve into her experimentations with the colour.

Jaipur-based Syal’s creative journey began as a filmmaker (he’s made a whopping 18 films, of which ‘Syaahi‘ went on to win a National Award for Best Director), and though he still does films for corporates and commercial photography, his heart lies in art. Installations to be precise. He debuted his first-ever one at last year’s edition of TIRAF, and his third installation will be unveiled at this year’s fair. His art explores the subconscious side of the human mind, and the notions of time, decay and memory. Complex as it sounds, you’ll know just what we mean once you see his work up close for yourselves.

Three things strike you almost immediately about Aru & Lyla once you get the chance to chat with them – the first, that this is only the third time they’ve ever met and yet their collaborative effort ‘To See and Be Seen: A Shrine of Vaginas is set to be one of the highlights of the fair. Second, that both were fearless proponents of exploring female sexuality much before we this side of the world learnt to become comfortable with ours.
Third, both come from diverse backgrounds, Aru from the development sector, and Lyla a former commercial artist who’s openly grappled with depression and sought therapy to heal. We’d elaborate further on their art, but then ‘A Shrine Of Vaginas’ is pretty much self-explanatory, and we’d rather you see for yourselves than us giving away too much.