'Imprisoned by Self'

Dharmesh Jadeja

Auroville (IND)

2016 / Calligraphy on print / 42 x 29,7 cm

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Imprisoned by self:

 

Symbolism in art and culture differs as widely as the idea of freedom & self. The text here describes the unique idea of freedom that is a dream by one of the foremost poets and philosopher, artist of our times;

Rabindranath Tagore; Tagore’s work dealt with the idea of freedom in the most unusual ways, especially the Indian women;

His lines written here in an abstract text, calligraphy by the artist describes this dream of freedom, here juxtaposed against the powerful women figure sent by the earlier artist. Parts of text, which are translated in regional language of India, giving it a specific identity, form the bars of a prison, colliding with the idea of freedom described in the text below, almost illegible; thereby raising the question of “what is freedom” actually’; is it an external phenomenon or lies within oneself?

Isn’t it that we are all imprisoned by self?

 

Poëm by Rabindranath Tagore:

 

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;                               Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

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