Revant Dasgupta's 'Growing Pains' Is A Visual Diary Of Trauma, Adulthood, & Identity

'Growing Pains' exhibition invites viewers to introspect through the artist's process of self-discovery.
'Growing Pains' exhibition invites viewers to introspect through the artist's process of self-discovery. Revant Dasgupta

Unveiled on March 7th, the deep red walls of Method Art Gallery in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, became the canvas for an intimate journey of personal evolution by artist Revant Dasgupta, with their debut solo show, 'Growing Pains'. A tapestry of exploration, this exhibition invites viewers to introspect through the artist's process of self-discovery.

'Growing Pains' exhibition at Method Kala Ghoda
'Growing Pains' exhibition at Method Kala GhodaRevant Dasgupta

Revant embarks on a personal odyssey through the series, characterized by its vibrant use of colours and striking compositions, which delve into their experiences of reconciling with adulthood. Each piece serves as a part of a visual diary documenting the artist's process of understanding and accepting childhood trauma, navigating emotions of alienation and paranoia, and confronting the complex web of struggles related to gender identity. Each piece serves as a fragment of memory; a tangible echo from distinct phases of the artist's life.

One of the prominent themes explored in 'Growing Pains' is the deconstruction of common institutions of identity that individuals inherit at birth. Revant's artistic process involves dismantling these preconceived notions and reconstructing them in a manner that feels intensely personal. The result is a series that goes beyond the visual and invites viewers to question their own relationships with societal expectations and norms.

The medium of spray paint, acrylic, and oil pastels on canvas adds a tactile quality to Revant's work, enhancing the emotional resonance of each piece. The raw and unfiltered nature of the materials mirrors the authenticity with which they address their own growth and struggles. Their artistic vision lies in the reconstruction of these fragments, meticulously reassembling them into a mosaic that reflects both personal truth and a unique sense of selfhood.

Revant Dasgupta's artistic prowess extends far beyond the confines of the canvas. This Kolkata-born, Mumbai-based artist is a multifaceted creative force, skillfully wielding various mediums, including self-published zines, art books, comics, digital illustrations, and even exploring the realm of sound art. Drawing inspiration from their experiences growing up in Kolkata, Revant's broader work consistently delves into the exploration of societal symbols and the complex hierarchies that shape our world. Their synthesis of personal experiences and cultural influences results in art that is both deeply introspective and universally relatable.

'Growing Pains' promises to be a visually arresting and emotionally resonant experience; offering a glimpse into the artist's evolving understanding of self. It's a poignant exploration of vulnerability and the relentless pursuit of forging one's identity in a world fraught with societal expectations.

About The Exhibition

Dates: March 7, 2024 - April 7, 2024

Location: Method Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

You can follow Revant Dasgupta's work here.

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