Beatrice de Fays offers a fresh perspective of Hyderabad
Beatrice de Fays or B2Fays is clearly fascinated with Hyderabad. She visited Hyderabad two years ago to present some of her works and was invited again by Kalahita Art Foundation. This visit has been a rather long stint, for two months. Beatrice began work on January 26 after landing in the city. She travelled across the city, exploring its nooks and corners, taking in the sights and sounds and making mental notes of her observations.
A culmination of her observations is the ongoing exhibition of installations, Moving Within. For her 32 paintings, she chose to work with cotton fabric, commonly used for parcels and upholstery. “I chose the material for a more personal and emotional connect with the people here,” she reasons and points out how she even used a lungi as the canvas for one of her works. Graffiti, random words in Telugu, stamps and signatures bring out the local fervour.
Language was a deterrent, given her lack of fluency in English. But she overcame it through her photographs and paintings. “One of my paintings depicts a dhobi. I went to a dhobi, gave him a cotton garment to iron and took photographs and painted my perceptions. I made him feel at ease and observed his work and surroundings,” she explains.
The paintings find a connect between diverse facets of Hyderabad and AP. “It was fascinating, to visit the Golconda Fort, Taramati Baradari, the tombs and then the Nagarjuna Sagar and learn about the seat of Buddhism in the state. I like my work to have several layers, inviting the viewer to make his or her own interpretation. When you live in a city, you are overwhelmed and sometimes may overlook what it has to offer. When I see it as an outsider, there are fresh insights,” she observes. Being away from France, she says, has in a way helped her rediscover her own country. “When you are away, you discover new perspectives.”
While here, she has also been recording sounds of the city and sending them back to her friend, a composer. “It will result in a whole new composition,” she says. This is the longest time she has spent in an Indian city and intends to visit Kashmir next year to work with a friend on a consortium. “I think I’d enjoy the tranquillity of the valley and find a new dimension to my perceptions and splash of colours,” she smiles.
What: Moving Within
Where: Kalahita Art Foundation, Nagarjuna Hills, Road no. 1, Banjara Hills
When: Till April 5
SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO