Blck – Sanctuaries of Music and Visual Mores Solo Exhibition – Curated by Bina Aziz

by Santanu Hazarika

In Santanu Hazarika’s debut solo exhibition “BLCK” at Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai, we enter the realm of the “Digital Colony,” exploring sanctuaries of music and visual mores. Hazarika, born in Guwahati in 1992, embarked on his artistic journey as a means to escape the monotony of traditional education, drawing inspiration from Western comic magazines that captivated his young mind.

His artistry transcends conventional boundaries, drawing influence from a diverse range of sources, from Japanese anime to video game aesthetics. While rooted in the rich tradition of digital art, Hazarika’s practice defies categorization, weaving a narrative that reflects his unique blend of cultural influences and personal experiences.

Through collaborations with global brands like Reebok and Red Bull, Hazarika has established himself as a trailblazer in the burgeoning field of NFTs (non-fungible tokens), pioneering India’s entry into this digital art revolution. His versatility extends beyond traditional canvases, with his art adorning murals, cars, sneakers, and more.

In “BLCK,” Hazarika delves into the depths of human emotion, intertwining mythology, erotica, humor, and pain. His exhibition challenges the boundaries of contemporary art, inviting viewers to explore the intricacies of his visual landscapes and the stories they evoke.

As we navigate Hazarika’s digital universe, we are reminded of the transformative power of art to transcend cultural barriers and redefine our understanding of visual expression. “BLCK” stands as a testament to Hazarika’s visionary approach to art-making and his ability to craft narratives that resonate with audiences across the globe.

Santanu Hazarika’s debut solo exhibition is a celebration of creativity, innovation, and the boundless possibilities of the digital age. Through his work, he invites us to reimagine the world around us and explore the limitless potential of artistic expression in the 21st century.