Throngkiuba Yimchungru’s, art piece Unobtrusive Ecology (2.5×8.8 ft) was digitally exhibited at the opening of the new Tate Modern in the Turbine Hall, London, which was an open call on the theme ‘What is the future of art?’. The young artist from Nagaland’s art was also featured at the International exhibition ‘Translation’, by Emergent Art Space, San Francisco.
On the theme (art description) of ‘Unobtrusive Ecology’, Throngkiuba said, ‘Nuclear energy is fast becoming a symbol of progress and modernity… for developed countries nuclear energy enables a false sense of progress through its promise of cheap but unstable energy and through its military capability of catapulting a country to international political superiority. These countries maintain the hegemony of power and suppress other nations from similar ambitions. Turning a blind eye, they nevertheless export uranium (yellow-cake) from developing countries creating a dependency and propagating a new form of economical colonization. Politics is straight-forward, as is my piece, and yet the loser in this game of trade and tyranny is our environment, represented by the blue skyline and green nature; as unobtrusive as our attitude to ecology continues to be’.
This 25-year-old artist also won the Best Mixed Media on Canvas at the All India Art Contest, Mumbai, in 2014, also created another ripple in the art circle with his video art titled ‘Biggest misconceptions’. The video which depicts the crisis in Syria was critically acclaimed at the International exhibition (travelling show) ‘Translation’, by Emergent Art Space, held at ICCR, Kolkata. It was also critically acclaimed at the annual show of the 47th Birla Art and Culture Gallery, Kolkata in January 2016.
He is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Art at Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan, is currently working on the subject ecology. His working materials are putty, CaCo3, emulsion primer, adhesive, stainer, enamel oil and iron soldering on canvas, which are primary materials for building houses.
He also disclosed that Emergent Art Space has agreed to publish his series of works online on the theme Ecology in December this year. He was also recently declared ‘Showcase Winner’ (Worldwide) of the 7th ArtSlant, a US based organization.