Vervemagazine.in October 2014

What do mind maps and vacuums have in common? Find out in the artistic dialogue between an Indian and American artist in Delhi


This week in Delhi, a visual dialogue opens between two artists, Avinash Veeraraghavan (Indian) and Pieter Schoolwerth (American), about mapping minds and vacuums respectively.  It’s a bit of a brain twister pushing boundaries of the imagination into mental black holes and mapping the psyche through the collective unconscious and free association. In We do not see things the way they are, we see things the way we are, Veeraraghavan’s fictional maps are conceived as metaphors of the places his mind has seen; while Schoolwerth’s first exhibition in India, My Vacuum Suucks, brings to the table the vacuum of reality.

Through the materiality and liberated signification of We do not see things the way they are, we see things the way we are, Veeraraghavan expresses “delight in the coming together of difference.” Meanwhile, moving images, six paintings and a series of collages depict the “trials and tribulations of presence versus absence in the vacuum space of the world” for New York city based Schoolwerth.

The exhibition is on until December 17, 2014 at GallerySKE (1st Floor Shivam House, F 14 Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi).