Friday, February 10, 2012
Exhibition view at Ashvita
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Exhibition at Ashvita, Chennai
Quiet Conversations from the Courtyard
An exhibition by
Curated by Rekha Rodwittiya
Please join us for the Opening of the show on
Friday, 3rd February 2012
6:30 - 9:00pm
11, Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai,
Mylapore, Chennai 600004.
Ph: +91 984 009 4412
The show will continue from February 3rd - March 5th 2012.
Curator’s noteThe choice of these four artists arises from their belonging within a circle of communication with one another, where their inter-dependency and interaction is borne from considered deliberation and not mere circumstance alone. Being closely involved with their art and lives, I have witnessed the energies that define each of these relationships in their numerous combinations and permutations; and the spirit of the collective which guides their personal politics.In an age of aggressive sales-talk and consumerism these small links of intimacy which connect with the spirit of humanism are sometimes hard to find, and often get sidelined with the assumption that they serve no purpose in today’s world of bling-culture and quick-buck dreams. In this diverse and contradictory country that India is, it is sometimes a quiet journey of self discovery which can take us to places of greater meaning for ourselves . Art over many centuries evidences the spirit of meditative ideas that are contemplative and personal, in which inner worlds of reflection echo stories about outer realities. Where a tiny painting of a row of white bottles by Morandi or an ink drawing of Hockney’s lover sleeping, can transport you into a world of many other whispered secrets. In the space of enquiries within these four artists works feminine sensibility is celebrated unapologetically without being ghettoized or pigeon-holed, and the intimate becomes significant as it evokes shared territories of experience.Quiet Conversations from the Courtyard is a show of four artists who are part of the Collective Studio in Baroda. Each artist has chosen a stanza of poetry as the starting point for the works in this exhibition. These excerpts become the echo that throws back to us the reverberation of intention of their works, and though separate from the works, becomes an integral element in directing us to the nuanced meanings held within.Karishma D’Souza, Kim Kyoungae, Sonatina Mendes and Malavika Rajnarayan. Four women whose works hold a quiet resonance of difference which beckon your attention, by the silence they command.
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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website : balvantparekhcentre.org.in
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.