Manish Nai: Capturing Time
This catalogue accompanied the exhibition Manish Nai: Capturing Time, Het Noordbrabants Museum, July 28–November 4, 2018, sponsored by the Renschdael Art Foundation.
Following Japan’s Chiharu Shiota, Northern Ireland’s Claire Morgan and Scotland’s Georgia Russell, the Noordbrabants Museum introduced yet another international rising star to the Netherlands in Indian artist, Manish Nai. After exhibitions in his homeland India, France, and Switzerland received much attention, Manish Nai: Capturing Time was the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the Netherlands.
Manish Nai is one of the few contemporary artists in India to consistently work in an abstract style, and yet, at the same time, his Indian roots are unmistakable. For his sculptures, he uses simple organic materials, such as jute, newspaper, canvas, cardboard, and colorful sari textiles. He scratches, crumples, presses, and folds the materials to form two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometrical shapes, with aim of capturing and recording the history of the material.
Text by Girish Shahane. Bilingual in English and Dutch.
Published by Noordbrabants Museum, 2018, paperback with French flaps, 78 pages, 10.6 x 8.85 inches.