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With the advancement of human society in an all-around modernization, urbanization, and informatization, it has brought about a sudden change in social structure and the reorganization of social relations. The network of relationships between people has also undergone tremendous changes.

Rural communities migrated to cities, moving from acquaintances in traditional rural neighbourhoods to urban industrialized strangers.

 While enjoying the convenience of the city and the advanced benefits, we also sensitively mark the clear boundaries of each other, self-wrapping and hiding the inner fragile body and emotions.

Indian artist Dhannjay, who lives in another agricultural civilization, is also in this migration. He feels and examines the changes in the modern age human activities and interpersonal ties. Or pessimistic, or hopeful, in his artworks can feel the complex state of mind. 

Dhannjay often compares people behaviour to a gunny bag(sack), who are trying to collect more from the world and are sensitive to their own gains and losses.

Dhannjay has always preserved the customary etiquette and simple enthusiasm of the Indian village. In the artistic creation, he emphasizes and is keen on the dialogue and communication between people. In modern urban society, he tries to find the emotional connection that has been diluted.

On December 9th, he held a sharing session, "Let's connect together in a white cube", cooking together, sharing food and stories, blessing and discussing the true meaning of life. the sense behind this activity "let's decode the complexity of our society and make the healthy connection to each other".

He found the expression of "poetic" art, which was used to talk to everyone around him. "Khoj-bin" is a Hindi word with the meaning of "exploration". This time he came to Chongqing, a city that was relatively unfamiliar to him but not now. He also faces the theme of "interpersonal relationship" and is carrying out continuous and experimental exploration.

This exhibition shows his life experience and thinking in Chongqing for a month and half. His works are divided into two forms: poetry and visuals. through this medium of expressions, he expresses their experience of Chongqing.

- He Jing

■ ■  About the Artist  ■ ■  



M.f.a.  :-From Faculty of Fine Art (J.M.I. Delhi) Completed in 2015.

 :-From Art’s & craft’s college(P.U.) Patna(Bihar) Completed in 2013.

Fellowship at kanoria centre for art 2018-19.


>11th crack international residency, Bangladesh 2017

>National Dokara art camp lucknow(u.p.) 2017

>7th EPISODE OF “URONTO” Residential Art Exchange Program, Bangladesh 2017

>One month residency at Nine fish art gallery, Mumbai 2017.

>Art camp on Ghandhi thought Eyes of the Artist at vishwa yuvak Kendra, delhi 2015.

>Murtikar Mahotshwa, terracotta camp patna 2014.



>"Sands of Time" sculpture group show at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad 2018.

>Surface scratches, at niv art gallery New delhi-2017

>Sambhrama-2017,A performance marathon at Bangalore.

>Kalasamuha-2017, Art Marathon at Mill Hall, Mattancherry, Kochi Muziris Biennale

>Kolkata International Performance Art Festival-2017

>Colours of life art exhibition by Art mall at habitat center, new delhi 2016.

>Identity (arpana Art gallery) Curated by suneet chopra, new delhi 2015.

>Colours of life by Art mall at habitat center, new delhi 2015.

>Workshop of "Bodylogues: The Physics of Theatre" at nine school of Art, delhi 2015.

>Workshop of performance Art in context at vadehra Art gallery, delhi 2015.

>Photo exhibition (making sculpture of our president’s president house, new delhi) patna 2014.

>NDMC All India Art Exhibition, new delhi 2014.

>Prarambh group show, new delhi 2014.

>MUSALSAL  A conceptual Art workshop, faculty of fine Art, jamia millia islamia delhi 2014.

>Kala shmagam, assistant Artist at patna 2013.

>College Annual Show, patna 2011-2013.

>SPARSH -2012 Send Art Festival patna.

■ ■ About the Part of Previous Works  ■ ■ 

This series of work is also based on human physiology. one thing Is major reading from my childhood about the human, that is human always want to capture the power and position. they always carry their carry bag which is invisible. then I make this form as a metaphorical form of the human body. through this form, I paint the daily activity of the human body.

and sometimes before I heard about Illuminati society. then I'm very sure to paint the daily activity of human life. because whenever I show surrounding me. we humans are getting angry day-by-day. and only in the name of self-benefit. we humans can't be trying to understand other living beings. so it's the concern behind this work.


Dinner complete

Terracotta & Brass

D-36, H-6 Inch


This series of work is based on the discussion after dinner. I get to see such scenes on any occasion in my village. Where people sit in their comfort position after dinner and discourse begin. In this group, after so many discussions, the same conclusion comes out, that is how we live our lives and how will live with comfort? It’s a common human psychology. Whatever I feel it around me and somewhere I also include myself in it.

So I did this work and again I gave it in front of viewers with a brass plate. That is a symbol of purity, enriched and myth.     

So for me, it’s a kind of understanding process how the viewers will connect with this. Maybe viewers will put their self in this context or maybe viewers will think in a different way. And I also include myself as a viewer


Reading room

Mainly, the idea was behind  this work  was "the peoples from that place starting to joining this work with their self and trying to explore its history.

The work process comes from Gurukula, which was ancient education process of India. where the students used to study in the lap of nature. where the student of  Gurukula was responsible for cleanliness and all kinds of work. Whereby the students knew the real values of life as well as studies. That study system is still considered better.

I cleaned up a small part of this heritage, coted the ground with cow dung and made a suitable place to sit, which was in a very bad position. During cleaning, I discovered some archaeological evidence. I used this archaeological evidence in my works as a path which was kept open to the public so that the public easily used this path and will reaching inside of the soul this heritage. and think about it with us. In this way, the real history of this heritage will come in front of us and in the future we will find it safe. 


A connection between visibility and invisibility

I did this work on the land of kushtia(Bangladesh), which is very famous in south Asia for Baul musician "Lalon Fakir". Baul music is a folk music and sangeet. and it played by ektara and Bengali lyric. whenever I listen to it, I find I'm totally connected with it from my heart. The Baul music also carries the meaning of five elements and a social movement. Its lyrics carry influences of the Hindu bhakti movements and the suphi. The famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore was greatly influenced and inspired by Bauls. His famous poet Rabindrasangeet (Tagore song). with that emotion, whatever I feel with baul music. that make a line on the water with jut steek and thread. which is connected into two space, one side is musician space the second side is listener space. it looks like a path and its moving on the wave of water. when you experience it live then you feel that you want to walk on it. that type of feeling has come from this work. which is impossible to express in word.


For me, as a sculptor, performance is a life, it’s like a journey of anything. In the past year, I have done several performances in deferent cites of India. through those performances I try to express that time how can me and my body communicate with the living and non-living beings and the world. in those performances I used my self-body as material, During those activities, I realized that the body is nothing unless other materials are there. so the uses of the body as a material it is a kind of meditational practice. because during the performance I need more focus & construction in between context, audience, body, time & space. 

during those performances, I lern so many things, and at the same time, I'm improving my context also.


This performance titled is "We live in relationships at all time" And it's 25-minutes durational performance. In this performance, I'm talking about all the relationship in between human to human. I wrote all the name of relationship negative or positive on the ground with white chalk. And then I connected them to each other through a line. then I was sleeping over there. because of that, those words were printed on my body. I was not thinking about this but it happened randomly.

This was my first performance, so I couldn't do much body activity. It was performed at the vadehra Art Gallery, during a performance art workshop in 2015, by Samudra Kajal Saikia. 


Finding peace

 This piece of work is a reaction to social activity. When I was in Kolkata, I realized that all the peaceful place are changing, into the contemporary influence. And actually, it is happening in all over India. which is a very sad matter actually. Then I did this performance. In this performance, I am pronouncing "om" in half nude body with modern clothe(jeans), hanging upside down with coconut rope in the semi-constructed building. For a peace of mind, which is very painful joke. This performance did in Kolkata international performance art festival 2017.