Platform has a conversation with the enigmatic artist Mansoor Ali, where he talks about his art and his debut show Anatomy of an Unknown Chair at Gallery Maskara.
Can you deconstruct your art for us?
A quest and an urge for humanitarian values are central to my artistic explorations. This concern, originated from the vestiges of my earliest memories of communal violence. As a result the intent behind my initial attempts to engage with questions of faith and violence was to situate my artistic practices in an ever-intensifying communal climate of the nation.
I have also been engaged in evolving a broader, more open-ended sculptural vocabulary—in order to communicate with a spectator regardless of his/her linguistic, social and religious identity. Deciphering and questioning political and social inclinations in a rapidly changing society have constantly informed my works. Moreover, identitarian politics also determine my artistic concerns and choices.
When, how and what made you decide to pursue art?
I always had an interest in the creative field. In fact, during those years, immediately after my schooling, I was genuinely interested in the field of architecture and interior design. But following my fathers’ accident, which resulted in financial collapse in the family, I opted to enroll myself at the Faculty of Fine Arts in M.S. University of Baroda as it was more affordable and also fulfilled my wish to remain active and pursue my creative urge.
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