In coinciding with the Google Cultural Institute's ongoing focus on Women in Arts and Culture this exhibit will feature some of the seminal works by Women Artists from Devi Art Foundation's collection. The artists presented here broadly explore the issues of place, memory, gender and identity politics.
Kher transforms everyday icons into transgressive figures. For example, the demure or cheerful housewife, the severe or doting mother figure, or the bored or eager socialite may morph into new avatars as ape-woman, sexual predators (a Tigress –in-Boots dominatrix wielding feathery and vinyl tools of her trade), a voluptuous glacial mannequin sporting a hairy tarantula on her hand like a jewel, retro-futuristic space cadets, and were-horse and ape hostesses.
Hirsute by Bharti Kher, 1999/2000
Hirsute by Bharti Kher involves the meticulous repetition of distinctly Indian, gender-specific symbol of moustache. It has been said that Hirsute was a response by Kher to the intimidating ‘male gaze’ encountered in the public sphere when she moved to live here as a Indian born and brought up in Britain.
Exhibit curated by: Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, Devi Art Foundation.
Image courtesy and copyright of the Artists and Devi Art Foundation.
Exhibition Publication, Where in the World, Devi Art Foundation, curated by Deeksha Nath 2008-09.
Exhibition Publication, Resemble Reassemble, Devi Art Foundation, curated by Rashid Rana, 2010.
Exhibition Publication, Elephant in the Dark, Devi Art Foundation, curated by Amir Ali Ghassemi, 2012.
Native Women of South India - Manners and Customs, Asia Art Archive http://www.aaa.org.hk/Collection/Details/27814
Aditi De, Performance Photography, The Hindu, http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mag/2004/03/28/stories/2004032800400800.htm
Zarina Hashmi, Letters from Home.
Font of identity: Zarina Hashmi at the Tate Modern – video interview http://artradarjournal.com/2014/05/30/font-of-identity-zarina-hashmi-at-the-tate-modern-video-interview/