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  Rakhi Peswani at                                
14th Curitiba International Biennial

Open Borders

Curated by
Adolfo Montejo Navas and Tereza  de Arruda.

21 September 2019 to 23 February 2020


Announcing Rakhi Peswani’s participation at the 14th Curitiba International Biennial

The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to share the news that Rakhi Peswani’s installation titled Reinforcements for the Displaced has been chosen to be exhibited at the 14th Curitiba International Biennial at Brazil. The Curitiba Biennial titled ‘Open Borders’ opens on September 21st 2019 and continues until February 23rd 2020. This event is jointly curated by Adolfo Montejo Navas and Tereza de Arruda.

Rakhi Peswani’s works in the series
Reinforcements for the Displaced (2012-2013) is made of fabric panels that are displayed suspended; the space made to appear like free floating pages of a torn book or diary. Each panel features text that has been incised by burning incense stick through the fabric, in a way, accentuating the feeling of loss and desolation and yet, in these quotes from various authors (–Frantz Fanon, Adrienne Rich, Tony Morrison, Susan Sontag, Adil Jussawalla, Julia Kristeva), there emerges a will to articulate the struggle. One of the panels also features text embroidered by safety pins. As the concept note from the artist reads, “Quotations, taken from certain authors, are rendered by the processes of burning and embroidery, to produce spatial metaphors of loss, absence and fragility. The panels are suspended in the space to appear like free floating pages of a torn book or diary. The words on these pages are portrayed as handwritten, either by removing the letters (burning), or by pricking pins on the ‘pages’. The meticulousness of the process of hand embroidery is used to create fragility of temporality. The quotations that are chosen, also represent the tremendous kinds of emotional losses that are experienced by the itinerant migrant. The words, etched out off the surface leave the words absent in space, providing light shadows, moving in ethereal, legible and illegible forms, like the loss of language itself.”

About Rakhi Peswani

Rakhi Peswani (b. 1977, India) has an academic training in Painting and Ceramic Sculpture from M. S. University of Baroda. Her works explore association with labour and craftsmanship and the consequences on mundane objects, materials, experiences and many aspects of our environment.

Peswani’s solo shows include, ‘Conditions of Infirmity’ and ‘Anatomy of Silence’ at The Guild 2019 and 2013 respectively; ‘Matters Under the Skin’ at Art HK – Asia One represented by The Guild, Mumbai, Hong Kong 2011; ‘Intertwinings’ and ‘In Continuum’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2009 & 2015; ‘Sonnetfor Silent Machines’ at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery and The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai, in 2006. 

Her Museum/institutional participations include ‘Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice’, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2018); ‘Here and Beyond’ at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan, 2017; ‘Trans-Feminism. Alternate Perspectives and Beyond’ at Korean Cultural Centre, Delhi, 2016; ‘Making History’ Colombo Art Biennale (2014); ‘Ghar Ghar Ki Baat, Tales from Two Homes’ at Margaret Lawrence Gallery, University of Melbourne, Australia (2013); Hangzhou Triennale of Fiber Arts, at Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, PRC (2013); ‘Zones of Contact: propositions on the Museum’, co-curated by Vidya Shivadas, Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, 2013; ‘Generation in Transition: New Art from India’, at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland and Vilnius Art Centre, Lithuania, in 2011; ‘Bring me a Lion’ at Webster University, Missouri, 2010. 

Peswani has been the recipient of Emerging Artist Award, presented by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) 2007 and Inlaks Scholarship for the UNIDEE in residence at Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto in 2006. She has previously taught at Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad; Ambedkar University, Delhi. She is currently working as a Guest Faculty at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru.

About Curitiba Biennial

The Curitiba Biennial is an important biennale in Brazil. It was conceived in 1990. It has had thirteen editions before. Besides the contemporary art exhibitions, cinema and literature, the Curitiba Biennial also organizes annual circuits and parallel programs, with the intent to expand and solidify its local ties with museums, galleries, universities. The thematic proposal is a dialogue of deconstruction of the notions of physical boundaries, and the transformations they undergo over time and from the relations between subject and space.

About The Guild

Established in 1997 in Mumbai, India, The Guild Art Gallery has been focussing on discovering, promoting and exhibiting emerging and mid-career and senior Indian artists. The gallery has been providing platform for discursive practices, innovation and experimentation by functioning as a semi-institutional space. It believes in promoting critical and rigorous practices and ideas and our programming reflects this critical practice. Our exhibitions are planned with public outreach activities like film screenings, artists’ workshops, studio workshops, panels and talks. We believe in building an extensive scholarship on art and have continuously been publishing high-standard books and catalogues authored by well-known academicians and art critics. The forthcoming exhibitions include the retrospective of Sudhir Patwardhan - 'Walking Through Soul City, Sudhir Patwardhan:  A Retrospective', curated by Nancy Adajania at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in collaboration with The Guild. Forthcoming publications: N. N. Rimzon. Navjot Altaf. 

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