Relics in Presence: Exploring Time and Space | Art Exhibition by Sruthi


Exploring the nuances of time and space, Sruthi Sivakumar’s art exhibition, “Relics in Presence,” delves into the depths of human existence through the lens of relics collected from her surroundings. This contemporary solo art exhibition is presented by Kerala Lalithakala Akademi in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala, and is a part of the celebration marking 60 years of Kerala State Formation.

Curatorial Note: Unveiling the Essence of Relics

In her thought-provoking exhibition, Sruthi meticulously transforms relics into artistic masterpieces, each piece serving as a testament to the passage of time and the essence of existence. Curated by Vivish Vijayan, the exhibition showcases Sruthi’s unique ability to bring everyday objects to life through her art.

Collecting Memories: 

Sruthi’s process begins with the collection of relics, each holding a story of its own. From the delicate remains of insects to the humble grass and sedges, every relic serves as a fragment of the past, waiting to be reimagined on canvas.

Museumization of Emotions: 

Through her art, Sruthi captures the emotional conflicts embedded within each relic, transforming them into timeless pieces that resonate with viewers on a profound level. The process of museumization highlights the fleeting nature of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.

Exploring Mediums: 

From paper pulp embossing to sculpting, Sruthi’s exploration of mediums adds depth and dimension to her artwork. Abstract maps, nature, and familiar scenes come to life through her innovative use of materials, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of self-reflection and introspection.

Exhibition Details:

  • Event: RELICS in PRESENCE – Solo Exhibition of Art by SRUTHI SIVAKUMAR
  • Organized by: Kerala Lalithakala Akademi
  • Associations: Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi
  • Celebration: 60 years of Kerala State Formation
  • Dates: November 21-30, 2023
  • Venue: Durbar Hall Art Centre, Ernakulam
  • Gallery Time: 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM


  • Chief Guest: Sujith SN (Visual Artist)
  • Vote of Thanks: Lekha Narayanan (Visual Artist), Executive member of Kerala Lalithakala Akademi
  • Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
  • Time: 05:00 PM
  • Venue: Durbar Hall Art Centre, Ernakulam


“Relics in Presence” is more than just an art exhibition; it’s a journey through time and space, inviting viewers to ponder the complexities of existence and the beauty found within the relics of our past. Sruthi Sivakumar’s masterful creations serve as a reminder of the interconnectedness of all things and the enduring power of art to transcend barriers and evoke profound emotions.

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