Friday, November 11, 2011

Invitation to a lecture by Rekha Rodwittiya

Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences

C-302 Siddhi Vinayak Complex, Behind Baroda Railway Station (Alkapuri Side)

Faramji Road, Baroda-390007 Tel: (0265) 2320870

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We cordially invite you to a lecture by Rekha Rodwittiya, a renowned scholar and artist, on the theme, “Indian Contemporary Women Artists: Voices of Strength” at the Centre at 4 pm on Saturday, 12 November 2011. Tea will be served at 3.30 pm.

About the Speaker

Rekha Rodwittiya was born in 1958 in the city of Bangalore. She completed her B.F.A (painting) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S University of Baroda in 1981. A recipient of the Inlaks Scholarship, she did her M.A in painting from the Royal College of Art, London, from 1982 to 1984. She has undertaken numerous residency projects and site specific works abroad; and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. She has been actively involved in art teaching through alternative non-institutionalized methods, as well as being a guest faculty at art colleges in the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Australia & Japan; and is invited as a visiting Professor to Ewha University in South Korea in 2012. She lectures on contemporary Indian art both in India and abroad, as well as writes on gender-politics, issues of identity, curatorial methods and other subjects of concern within an Indian/Global context of art practice, and recently writes a blog. Her art works are in private and public collections in India and abroad. Her solo exhibition titled Intangible Interlocution: An anthology of belonging opens at Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai, on the 25th of November 2011.

Summary of the Lecture

The writing of any history will always be a chronicled space that must invite critique and re-examination. It is only through this process that we can hope to have a better comprehension of our connection with a cultural legacy. The history of world art, till quite recently, has underplayed the contributions of many women of significance; and so vast passages of time, in which the aesthetics of feminine sensibility has fashioned creative expression, have been left undocumented and unacknowledged. Rekha’s lecture titled Indian Contemporary Women Artists: Voices of Strength would explore a timeline in our cultural history that showcases a selection of women artists. These are artists who have articulated their concerns of identity, and negotiated their own truth within the larger context of a socio-political and economic reality; making art that is therefore strong, impactful, and often radical in intent.