It is hard to pin down a mental image of what the intangible world of aspirations might look like for any one person — much less for a whole class or a country — but the airy and blossomed sky-houses painted by Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra seem to come very close indeed to depicting some part of the unconscious of the so-called “Great Indian Middle Class”. Thukral and Tagra’s subjects are the Europeanized mini-mansions of Gurgaon, a satellite city of New Delhi; these they show floating “on clouds of limpid pastels, trussed up by gossamer threads and floral tributes, more Heaven than Home, their facades of an ersatz Classicism and unrecognizable references signaling a whole-hearted embrace of a Post-Modern Globalization” (as the exhibition release puts it). This exhibition is of a piece with Thukral and Tagra’s ongoing, funny-yet-serious exploration of themes like globalization, consumer culture, and Indian identity.
“3227, Sector 23, Gurgaon (German Returned)” is presented by the gallery Nature Morte in the luxury retail arcade of The Oberoi hotel in Gurgaon, and runs until February 15. For more images, see the exhibition site.