Sultana Raza’s ‘Perception’ at the Biennale of Chianciano 2013

Paintings, sculptures, photography, and digital art of 120 artists from 30 countries, are tastefully displayed across 3000 m2 of the Museo d’Arte during the Biennale of Chianciano, on from 7-9-2013 to 14-9-2013. Opening night event was attended by hundreds of people, so much so that it was a bit of a struggle to move through the throngs in the spacious mueum.

Representing Luxembourg is Indian-born artist Sultana Raza, with three art-works on show. ‘It’s exciting to be here, to meet interesting artists, and to discover fascinating pieces of art,’ said Sultana.

‘It’s a very different experience to actually see the art-works, whilst interacting with their creators. You get more insight,’ she enthused.

‘It’s a pleasant surprise to come across people taking photos of my work, and it’s nice to get positive comments from other professionals,’ she added when asked about her own art-works.

One of these art-works Magical Stream, from the series ‘Perception,’ deals with issues of subjectivity while perceiving the same scene. What is reality, if one’s perception depends on one’s personal experience? To what extent is reality subject to subjectivity? Similar questions are explored in this series on ‘Perception.’   One can become more tolerant if one realizes that while we may share the same time and space, we experience reality differently based on our inner climate of that moment, or what we are going through in that period of life

Human Brain Degraded 3 from the ‘Human Tech Hybrid’ series explores the effect of technology on the human brain. What is the effect of technology on the brain? What is the effect of humans on the development of technology? Is it worth it becoming a human-tech hybrid? 

It’s ironic that humans want to function more like machines, while the machines are becoming more like humans. For example, robots that take care of human beings are designed to become more like us. On the other hand, by playing video games, and interacting with technology most of the time, are nerve circuits are being affected. We are becoming a culture of the switch button where virtual reality is slowly but surely creeping over our everyday reality. Are we at the beginning of the hybrid stage, and don’t even know it?.

Fallen Angel  from the ‘Dispersion’ series shows two figures who are dispersing, as they are falling towards a vortex. As cultures collide, our identities coalesce, resulting in the dispersion of the self. With globalisation, and rapid technological changes, modern people’s identity seem to be dispersing rapidly as well. Cultures are melding, and values are changing too fast for sociologists to keep up. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Towards an ecological and financial meltdown? Or towards a brighter future?

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