Dark Science of TerrorismUma Nair, 24 July 2010, 03:01 PM IST
Gallery Espace’s Going Going Gone, had two sculptures that zoomed into the value and volatile nature of headlines in newspapers. And Times Of India as a brand became the subject of an artistic composition. Bhubaneswar-based Kanta Kishor Moharana has been creating newspaper sculptures in marble for the last 10 years and he uses a gun and the imaging expression of a smoky map to give us the metaphor of global terrorism as an urban testimony.In many ways this sculpture also talks to us about the idea of visionary morphism and the re-examination of atrocity in the urban milieu.
This sculpture also comments on modern day society, it is like a global anthology of peace talks that have fallen apart of places and people in jeopardy and the resulting aftermath of ensuing disasters. The gun translates the numberless death tropes in the angst ridden time of terrorism. This sculpture tells us that as a society we have become a wounded generation. And in this climate of wounds our trust has been replaced by a series of politically driven controls.The artist’s position is that of an observer who stands helplessly and watches.
He articulates a raw space in which the newspaper becomes his medium and message-in a world that has been suppressed in its quest for mass consumption. A newspaper as a subject can be the instrument for soul searching dynamics.This sculpture affronts us and asks us to understand the basis of events and the sadness of death .The gun created out of bronze and stuck to the marble becomes the epitome of cultic symbolism. It talks to us about the futility of philosophic predicaments and the dark science of global terrorism that has become the definition of humanity’s angst.