LN Tallur: Chirag-e-AI

An exhibition of works by contemporary artist, LN Tallur, who is based between Kundapur in Karnataka India, where his studio is located, and Korea. For this opening exhibition at MAP, Tallur revisited Deepalakshmi and Kinnara sculptures from the collection. Deepalakshmis are representations of the Goddess Lakshmi, holding an oil lamp or deepa in her hand. Originally, Deepalakshmis were lit during auspicious occasions because of their association with prosperity and good fortune in Hinduism. Today, these sacred objects are widely circulated and gifted by people as popular culture items, and often used at inauguration ceremonies. Tallur is interested in capturing how the meaning of such objects has changed over time.

Similar to Deepalakshmis are kinnara lamps in the collection that Tallur interprets. The lamp’s bodies extend into half human and half celestial beings. Kinnaras are mythical in nature and have been found in India and Indonesia. Their mysterious nature translates into Tallur’s use of digital lines to carve their bodies, transporting them to another dimension of time. To Tallur, the space of the museum is a fifth dimension where the past and future collide, and his sculptures spark a dialogue between history, modernity, capitalism and industrialisation. The monumental scale of Tallur’s sculptures, in comparison to the traditional sculptures, asks questions of religion, devotion and abundance.

Installation view of Chirag-e-AI at MAP, Bengaluru

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The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that features images, a commissioned essay by Pramod Kumar KG and an interview between Dr Rahamath Tarikere and LN Tallur, in both Kannada and English.

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