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Online exhibition featuring:

Arshad Hakim
Mithra Kamalam
Puja Mondal
Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee
Umesh Singh

12 September to 31 October 2020
 

  . Arshad Hakim              . Mithra Kamalam               . Puja Mondal               . Sabyasachi Battacharjee               . Umesh Singh                               
   
 
   
Mithra Kamalam
 
       
                    

 
 
     

Withdrawal symptoms, you were acting like
a sun
, 2018, watercolour, khadia and collected object on paper, 205 x 159 cm

  Detail 1, Withdrawal symptoms, you were acting
like a sun
  Detail 2, Withdrawal symptoms, you were acting
like a sun
     
 


 

             


 

 

 


 

         

When we played Madonna and Child, my antidote tale series, 2018, watercolour and khadia on paper, 210 x 187 cm

  Detail 1, When we played Madonna and Child,
my antidote tale series
  Detail 2, When we played Madonna and Child,
my antidote tale series
     
   


 
         
 
 
       
Corrective measures - And here we are against the death, 2019, air dry clay, gesso, arabic gum, khadia and watercolour, size variable   Corrective measures - And here we are against the death, 2019, air dry clay, gesso, glue, khadia and watercolour, size variable   Corrective measures - And here we are against
the death
, 2020, air dry clay, gesso, glue,
khadia and watercolour, size variable
     
               
               

About the Artworks

             

My practice is mainly dominated by painting, which adeptly extended by other forms like sculptural installations. I develop metaphors from surroundings and experiences as my works are always a representation of personal history connected to social history, portraying people and nature which carries metaphoric expressions to demonstrate psychological states, and it appears as performative, mythically fabled narrations. My research is always addressing disquiets regarding relationships, sexuality, body, gender and self, here, mostly self act as the protagonist. Moreover, I’m keenly Exploring and referring archives, especially my admiration have driven me to Mughal miniature paintings, early Arab illustrations and folklores, finding archetypes and bringing them along with the immediate present, though it’s autobiographical in nature, there is an attempt to readdress the notion of indigeneity and vernacular idiom. Here my interest is to see the ‘vernacular’ as a language which is untamed, as instinctual as love, hate, and fear, and represents a common public in its all mundanity.

 

Using the idea of ‘metafiction’ which helps me constantly create a playful awareness of pictorial language by breaking the continuation of a single narration, this allows you to attach and detach simultaneously. Inspired by Alice Walker’s and Nawal El Sadavi’s thoughts of ‘Democratic womanism’, embracing the struggle and suffering, embracing the notion of three layers of love, love for the self, love for masculine other and love for the people. 

   

 
             
About the Artist              


 
             

Mithra Kamalam (b.1991) received her Bachelor's Degree in painting from RLV College of Music and Fine Arts Tripunithura (2016), and MVA Painting from M. S. University of Baroda (2018). She has been the recipient of Narendra Gajanan Bhatt gold medal in MVA Painting, MSU Baroda. In 2017 she undertook internship in traditional Mughal miniature painting under miniature artist Ajay Sharma from Jaipur. Kamalam was invited for the Artist Residency ‘Mandalay Hall Edition-1 Living Galleries’ curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Fort Kochi (2018). Her recent exhibitions include, ‘Thinking Matter’ group exhibition curated by Mario D’Souza, Space Studio Baroda (2020); Art Asia 2018, Art Universiade, South Korea, Seoul; ASYAAF (Asian Student and Young Artist Festival) Seoul, South Korea (2018); KHOJ PEERS Share Programme 2018, Khoj International Artist’s Association, New Delhi, India; ‘Archival Dialogues’ curated by Pronoy Chakraborty, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai (2017). Kamalam is currently based in Kozhikode, Kerala.

   


 
     
   

 

 

 

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