Conditions of Infirmity

Rakhi Peswani

25 November 2018  to  3 March 2019

The Guild, Alibaug


. VIEWS . WORKS . PRESS RELEASE   .ESSAY by Prof. Parul Dave-Mukherji         

The Guild Art Gallery is delighted to present Conditions of Infirmity, a solo exhibition of Rakhi Peswani at The Guild, Alibaug, with the preview on Saturday 24 November 2018.

In 1971, Guy Debord through his concept of “sickness” provided us a succinct understanding of the dangers of capitalist expansion with regard to the degradation of humanity, cultures, climate, environment, and the planet.

“Today ‘pollution’ is in fashion, exactly in the same manner that revolution is: it takes hold of the entire life of society, and it is illusorily represented in the spectacle. (…) It reveals itself everywhere as ideology and it gains on the ground as real process."      
-Guy Debord, A Sick Planet (1971)

Conditions of Infirmity is a body of works exploring various trajectories of degradation and “sickness” as an inherent condition of our society and our times. The show brings together a series of reminders and concerns that critically examine the individuated body in a disjointed social system.
The body of works frame the discourses of Crafts within the practice of Everyday life through the fragile figure of the craftsman and his mutated version- an exhausted figure of a labouring, urban body.

The works explore our association with labour and craftsmanship and the consequences on mundane objects, materials, experiences and many aspects of our environment. The reminders in the exhibition intend to renew our deteriorating relation with our surroundings and to enrich our changing relationships to our everyday life.
The works use various strategies of representation: sheer materials, the painted form, built or sewn forms, and materiality of historic images. Through an amalgamation of spatial experience, sculptural tactility, painterly and literary viewing, the works bring forth certain abstracted elements of the everyday to highlight the importance of remembrance and requirement of critical reflection in the experiences of the day to day.

The exhibition outlines the changing nature of a society and traces the precarious nature of our everyday life due to a devalued connection to crafts. The degradation or “sickness” is shown to reveal the larger environment, the animal, insect, and plant worlds that are affected by the capitalist systems and visualises the seemingly invisible phenomenon within our changing everyday life.

Rakhi Peswani

Born in 1977 Rakhi Peswani received her M.F.A (Sculpture), and B.F.A (Painting), from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda. She is the recipient of Emerging Artist Award, presented by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) 2007. Rakhi received the Inlaks Scholarship for the UNIDEE in residence at Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto in 2006.

Peswani’s solo shows: Anatomy of Silence at The Guild, Mumbai 2013; Matters Under the Skin, Art HK – Asia One represented by The Guild, Mumbai, Hongkong 2011; Intertwinings at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2009; Sonnet for 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 Here and Beyond at Aomori ContemporaryArt 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; Hangzhou Triennale of Fiber Arts, at Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, PRC; Zones of Contact: propositions on the Museum, co-curated by Vidya Shivadas, Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath, KNMA, Noida, 2013; Generation in Transition: New Art from India, at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; Vilnius Art Centre, Lithuania, in 2011, Bring me a Lion at Webster University, Missouri, 2010. 

Other select shows being -  Analytical Engine at Bose Pacia, Kolkata, and Gallery Seven Art Ltd, New Delhi, in 2009; The Ego, The Persona, The Shadow and The Wise Old Man (or was it The Great Mother?) at the Guild, New York, in 2008; Parables of the Thread at the Loft, Mumbai, in 2008; Through a Glass, Darkly; Reflections on the Self Portrait at the Guild, Mumbai, in 2008; Inner Vision at The Guild Art Gallery, New York, in 2008; and Beyond Images at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, in 2007.

In 2003 Peswani was awarded a National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and in 2006 an Inlaks Scholarship for a residency at Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy.
She has previously taught at Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad; Ambedkar University, Delhi. She is currently working as a Visiting Faculty at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru.  

We look forward to seeing you at show.

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