Roobina Karode on Himmat Shah’s ‘Hammer on the Square’

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Roobina Karode on Himmat Shah’s ‘Hammer on the Square’

Curator of the major retrospective of artist Himmat Shah ‘Hammer on the Square’ at KNMA, Roobina Karode, conducted a walkthrough, and was joined by the artist himself in elaborating on various aspects of the show and his works. Karode shared personal insights, anecdotes from Shah’s life, and the immense diversity of processes that Shah has been incorporating in his work. She took the large audience through Shah’s extensive body of work: from fine line drawings, to baked terracotta, to bronze metal sculptures to reimagining common found objects and then to the immanence of his burnt paper collages that the retrospective attempted to capture. Karode emphasized that the beauty and grandiose of Himmat Shah’s body of work resides in his inherent defiance to be clubbed into one single medium. In describing Shah’s work, Karode compares his to an “alchemist” in metamorphosing his medium and material in the most versatile ways.

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