Manisha Gera Baswani
Manisha Gera Baswani is a painter, photographer and occasional writer.
Manisha’s visual language is defined by an assertiveness that makes the universe of the mind visible, not just to the eye. Her work offers the viewer different registers, each of them treated with great painterly precision. Her compositions deal with spatial geometries and move towards an abstraction of realistic details. Though her elements are a representation of the mundane, she imbues each with the possibilities of colour and form, transforming them into the exotic. Each rhythmic composition she creates becomes a testimony to her joy in the act of painting.
Manisha has also been working on a photography project, ‘Artist through the lens’, for the last 17 years. The ongoing project focuses on photographing Indian and Pakistani artists in their studios and creative spaces. An extension of this is ‘Postcards from Home’, a project on the Partition of India. Manisha’s parents came to India from Pakistan in 1947 when India was partitioned, and even now recall with love their lost ‘home’ . This emotion was the seed that grew into ‘Postcards from Home’. The project comprises 47 artists from Pakistan and India who share a pre–Partition connection and includes short text about their reminiscences. Manisha has even delivered a TEDx talk on the genesis, the spirit and evolution of ‘Postcards From Home’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5KFKWL9U5U).
She also writes a regular photo essay, ‘Fly on the Wall’, in ‘Take on Art’, an Indian art quarterly, besides the occasional piece on her practice, on art and artists for various magazines and journals. She has also recently curated a show of the senior artist and her teacher, A Ramachandran, ‘The Changing Mood of the Lotus Pond and Insignificant Incarnations’.
She lives in Gurgaon with her husband and two sons.