Shyam Patel

Shyam Patel

Bio
Shyam D. Patel took his Masters in Art Design and Communication
from CEPT University, Ahmedabad (2011). He interned at The
Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (Feb-May 2011) and was Production
Manager for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2012).

Statement
Water is an element that made life possible on earth. And
rivers, like veins, infuse life into our landscape. This carrier, the
river and its fertile peripheries, have helped in the evolution of
mankind, civilizations, and culture. I live in a city where the lives
and livelihoods of communities have thrived on the banks of the
Sabarmati river, where its changing facets and nature have never
failed to astonish me. Adaptable, tolerant and tactile, the survival
of the Sabarmati is now meshed in the politics of the city. As I went
about looking for that river I had grown up with, I realized that the
river in my city was killed. And no one cried, because its screams
were silenced under the hard concrete-laden promenades created
on its banks. The once fertile bank is now a cold and sterile track.
I could not find the flowing river of my mind, in the stagnant
depository of urban waste. My work ‘Illusion’ and ‘Pravah’, is my
search for the river of my mind- a juxtaposition of the illusion and
reality. A reflection of how far we have come from our beginnings
– far enough to not see where we began and fast enough to not see
where we are headed. “We live in illusion and the appearance of
things. There is a reality. We are that reality.” – Kalu Rinpoche

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