STRī AVALEKHA – A Collection of Works from The Archive
Swaraj Art Archive presents an exhibition of over 300 works, exploring the female form, spanning from the pre-independence to the postindependence era. ‘Stri’ throws light on the stylistic diversity amongst artists in the expression of universal emotions. Divided into five subconcepts, the exhibition is spread across time, mediums, scales and histories presenting the image of a woman as a lover, a mother, a person of imminence, a deity, and the nude.
With about a hundred artists, the show includes sculptures, artefacts, paintings, photographs and prints ranging from Company School and Early Bengal mythological paintings to the works of Bengal School artists like Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose and Rabindranath Tagore. It also features stalwart artists like Arpana Caur, Husain, Sabavala and B. Prabha from the Modern era who have questioned the representation of culture through experimentation with art, along with photographers like Sunil Janah who captured India in transition during the 1940’s.
Unlike conventional exhibitions, we have decided to avoid printing the names on the walls, allowing the observer to walk through the show unaccompanied by the predisposition associated with the identity of an artist.
Representing the woman as an expression of an emotion – harmony; love; pride; devotion; and acquiescence – the show provides a visual comparative of the iconography associated with each of the above emotions showcasing the depth of Indian art from the 1850’s to now.
23rd Jan, 2015 – 1st April, 2015
Swaraj Art Archive, Noida
Followed by a series of talks and discussions based on the same concept.
1st Mar, 2015 – 8th Mar, 2015 Swaraj Art Archive, Noida