Interview: Rohit Singh
Luca Curci talks with Rohit Singh during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi Capello.
Rohit Singh is the founder of Meanohara, a consultancy studio based in India, funded in 2021. The studio practices in the field of Architecture & Interior Design with a keen interest in art, megalithic architecture and urban design. Rohit Singh is also the founder partner of 42mm, an architecture, interior design firm based in New Delhi and founded in 2004.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Rohit Singh – My formative years of conditioning include a colonial eclectic architecture owing to defense cantonments and our native village in India. In both situations, one has been fortunate to be close with nature; something which has nurtured the aesthetic sensory palette in terms of visuals, textures, sounds and of course spatially. Having said the above, I will say there is no one experience which singularly influences work rather than a synthesis of our past, current and imaginative experiences. When this synthesis is creative and satisfying, we sometimes are used to call it a work of art.
LC – What is art for you?
RS – When our work finally reaches a place we may call creative, art will be the element of meaning and grace which is incorporated within. Architecture interacts amongst the elements and occupies the space, which gives it a plural platform for other forms of art (sculptural, visual, etc) apart from itself being the kind host appearing every now and then.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
RS – A layer or more of meaning makes the art more enriched. The medium of expression can change. I see it as a tool to express the concept. One designs the furniture to be part of the room, which corresponds to the architecture which in turn responds to the landscape. The lighting design is the common element which pervades them. Thus one ends up interacting with many mediums.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
RS – When I use graphite or water colour/ink on paper/canvas, I’m mostly looking at expressing elements of nature, floral, rocks, juxtaposing them with whatever is part of the narrative. As far as the themes go, I follow a balance of utopian themes against the dystopian ones, the former somehow is very scant in mainstream contemporary culture.
LC- Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
RS – A pivotal role. Our view of the world is as good as our imagination. It is necessary to have an uplifting optimistic attitude but also a quest for meaning. A full belly is complemented with enriching thoughts.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
RS – There is an intent to reach thesimplicity in the narration of the architecture footage, where the design is revisited as a motion picture of forms, spaces, lines and textures.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
RS – The video displays three projects. I was behind the process and it was interesting to note the impact of recording architecture in motion against the usual static.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
RS – The concept is much appreciated as it brings a diverse group of art forms and the venue looks impressive.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
RS – Thank You for your promptness on the mail. Perhaps for the ones who aren’t able to physically visit, maybe provide a few pictures would be appreciated.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RS – Sure, I feel the group can attract patrons who are inclined to the arts. This is what artists might need at times.