What’s behind the window? A new wave of digital artists show and tell

An artist and his digital window

For visual artist Gaurav Ogale, windows have always been a portal between the individual and the cities they inhabit. “The windows of the houses I grew up in or lived in allowed me to construct my own narratives and stories and they are never confined.” The window for him was equal parts invisible wall, screen, or curtain. “It was our only source that made us feel like we were part of a bigger story, a bigger world that was falling apart. And all we could do during that time was cook up our own stories. of hope,” he said.

His audiovisual installation “Majha” with sound artist Farah Mulla was part of a recent exhibition titled Shifting Selves: Between Meaning, Mythology And Mirage by Sarmaya Arts Foundation in collaboration with TARQ Art Gallery, Mumbai. Sarmaya is a digital archive and virtual museum whose objects and stories are accessible to everyone everywhere. During the pandemic where touch has become taboo, digital art as well as online repositories have enabled people to create their own museum experience at home.

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For Ogale, the experiential aspect of audiovisual art is not limited to physical space or time. ‘Majha’ is getting a second life on Sarmaya’s Youtube channel even after her month-long exhibition at Mumbai’s Tarq Gallery closed.

City stories

Majha means “mine” in Marathi, a term that sums up the various designs that Ogale attributed to the many windows of the many cities he lived in for two decades, from Satara to Pune and Mumbai.

Gaurav with his family in Ogalewadi where the rose garden is the window motif

Marilyn M. Davis