Rosalyn D'Mello is a New Delhi-based freelance writer. Her art reviews and features have been published in Art + Auction, Modern Painters, Art India, and Take on Art, among many others. She was the Editor-in-Chief of BLOUIN ARTINFO India, and a nominee for Forbes' Best Emerging Art Writer Award in 2014 and inaugural Prudential Eye Art Award for Best Writing on Asian Contemporary Art. Her forthcoming work of non-fiction, "A Handbook For My Lover" is being published in India by Harper Collins.
Beyond the humdrum of commerce that underpins the aesthetic draw of the annual India Art Fair, a makeshift auditorium at the NSIC venue plays host to the Speaker's Forum, a series of craftily assembled provocative sessions on pertinent issues concerning the Indian artworld and its relationship with international trends.
There are artists here whose practice seems, in retrospect, to have evolved to fulfil the exigencies of this moment, this context. There are artworks that surprise, that stimulate, that activate the imagination, that draw you in and leave you in a state of suspension.