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Refugees, human displacement dominate major Indian art fair

Human displacement, the suffering of refugees and the notion of identity dominated the India Art Fair, providing a curated glimpse into the Asian art scene through the years

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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, photo, policewomen look at the art project of Subba Ghosh "THE FLOW" during India Art in New Delhi, India. Human displacement, the suffering of refugees and the notion of identity dominated the 2018 India Art Fair, an important platform for contemporary artists that provides a carefully curated glimpse into the Asian art scene through the years. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NEW DELHI (AP) — Human displacement, the suffering of refugees and the notion of identity dominated the India Art Fair, an important platform for contemporary artists that provides a carefully curated glimpse into the Asian art scene through the years.

The themes are universal, the artistic expressions are deeply personal.

Like “The Flow,” an installation by New Delhi-based artist Subba Ghosh, a work inspired by the world’s ongoing refugee crisis. In the work, visitors walk through a maze filled with painted panels with portraits of suffering refugees. The sound of crashing waves fills their ears. Light flickers.

Paintings, experimental photographs, abstract expressionist art and mixed-media projects pushed the boundaries of form at the fair. Seventy-eight galleries from 18 countries participated in this year’s fair, which ended Monday.

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