The female talents from South Asia exhibited mesmerising art works ranging from Anant Art’s solo show of Aisha Khalid’s bold geometric works to Delhi based Gopa Trivedi’s time-based art work.
Ayesha Khalid’s floral and geometrical patterns highlighted circles giving a sense of movement that symbolises the dominance of circles and cycles of life and universe. The works related to the political chaos in the world as it’s hard to focus on one particular section of the painting as the patterns distract the eyes.
Blue and orange colours symbolised day & night and warmth & coldness. Aisha also displayed two beautiful jackets to depict that the bed of roses can have thorns as well. As what looked like beautiful ‘Jari work’ is actually a scrupulous work done with ‘All-pins’. Two birds facing each other resembled human relationships which can never be perfect.
Gopa Trivedi’s work incorporated narrative structures, taking inspiration from the seemingly insignificant every day spaces. The work was an attempt to explore the correlation of time and space. Gopa perceived a given space as a cocoon that experiences the inhabitants and acts as an agency of biographies of the lives that take root in them. Similar to the permeable skin that covers a being, these spaces – encompassing lives within them – bear traces of what had been and what dwells within. Her work narrated the subtleties and the nuances of a given space. Her time-based masterpiece, highlighting duration as a dimension, explored the malleability of Time perception.
Rehana Mangi, who unconsciously developed a habit of collecting fallen hair in order to prevent “Black magic” (supernatural evil power which is often practiced on human hair in Indian sub-continent), introduced hair into her work as a metaphor for her memories & emotions. The work involved meticulous process- making of grids, punching holes and then stitching the fallen hair into the patterns.