IN BETWEEN THE LINES-Edn 1: International Show of 'Art and Poetry' - Women Poets in the Virtual Gallery of CROSSARTS in Metaverse

Curatorial Note

In any art, whatever is ‘in-between the lines’, veiled within the interludes of forms/shapes/gestures or colours, hidden from the naked eyes and stark sensibilities, is what actually gives an innate power and exceptional value to that art. This is what touches the human chord and brings humanity closer and together. Any artform, be it sound, written word, or a visual formation, gives a phenomenal purpose to life by merely drawing us to its impelling power and giving impetus to energy emerging from its source, grassrooted in its anonymity.

In the beginning, man lived in caves and etched and wrote on the stones in the form of art images, later developing them into language and script, then graduating to express himself on barks and leaves and then came paper. Printing was invented. Now we live in an era of virtual planes and metaverse. We keep on advancing outwards and onwards with ever-changing and growing new mediums of manifesting, yet the inner need to express remains unchanged. We still search for the same meanings ‘in-between the lines’ in a wider scope of ‘space and time. Let us explore this together here and now, with 23 women poets, along with the art of Mississauga-based late Miro Korsic, in the metaverse on the virtual platform of the CROSSARTS gallery.

-Meena Chopra

 

Report:

This unique event happened in Mississauga on the 24th Sept. 

International show of 'Art and Poetry' in metaverse, on the virtual plane of CROSSARTS Gallery, showcasing women poets from Canada and India and the Indian diaspora from the UK and USA

Art displayed was byy Canadian Artist - Miro Korsic (1940-2012) (An artist that leaves behind his legacy of beautiful art in Mississauga, Canada)This simultaneously also inaugurated the virtual art gallery CROSSARTS in metaverse under the aegis of Cross Currents Indo-Canadian International Arts. Event is organized by CROSS CURRENTS - Indo-Canadian International Arts with the support of Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) and also celebrated 75 Years of India's Independence
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Show is conceived and curated by Meena Chopra, Artist and Poet and co-curated by Nain Amyn

Keynote speakers were Mississauga Councillor Dipika Damerla,  Apoorva Srivastava, Indian Consul General Toronto, Mike Douglas ED Mississauga Arts Council.  Yogesh Patel, publisher and writer from UK , Gavin Barrett, writer and poet from Toronto and Peter Korsic from Toronto ( Peter spoke about his father late Miro Korsic's art displayed beside the poetry) .

23 gallery poets from different parts of the world (USA, UK, INDIA, CANADA) including Mississauga read their poetry on the 24th Sept on the launch day on a Zoom meeting. Their names are given below.

This online event and the art show on the virtual plane of CROSSARTS Gallery in metaverse has been conceived and curated by Meena Chopra, a Mississauga based artist and poet and co- curated by Nain Amyn.

It is a permanent show which will remain on CROSSART's Virtual Gallery for viewing and reading.
You may visit the real time gallery:
https://www.meenachopra.art/crossarts-gallery

Gallery at a glance, YouTube link: https://youtu.be/aBkHXfe6E1o



Participating Poets

ANNA YIN (Canada)
LISA REYNOLDS (Canada)
ARCHANA SAHNI (India)
BRENDA CLEWS (Canada)
ALKA TYAGI (India)
ZOHRA ZOBERI (Canada)
SANGEETA GUPTA (India)
SHEILA E. TUCKER (Canada)
MALASHRI LAL (India)
USHA AKELLA (USA)
MEENA CHOPRA (Canada)
QURAT DAR (Canada)
ANITA NAHAL (USA)
MANDIRA GHOSH (India)
LAKSHMI KANNAN (India)
MONA DASH (UK)
USHA KISHORE (UK)
JENNIFER WENN (Canada)
SUKRITA PAUL KUMAR (India)
MARGARET CODE (Canada)
CHITRA THRIVIKRAMAN NAIR (India)
PRAMILA VENKATESWARAN (USA)
DEBJANI CHATTERJEE (UK)

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