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Soutn-Asian Womxn Artists

March 22 - April 15 2021

Statement by Curator

Seyhr Qayum

Bold, strong, considered. Dynamic, vivacious, a bit wild. Engaging, inclusive, impactful. Cutting-edge, of tomorrow, for tomorrow. 

 

#notyouraverage brings together the powerful, stylistically and conceptually diverse art practices of 10 contemporary women artists of South Asian origin.

 

This is not a thematic show, nor one that is held together by unwavering devotion to a particular form. Rather, we have sought out work that shares a certain - entirely intangible - sensibility - a sensibility that speaks to a centuries long legacy of embodied strength, of an imagination that cannot be reigned in, in the power of decisiveness that can’t be shaken. 

While centering that sensibility, this show comprises work that doesn't remove the hand of the artist, rather it centers physicality, be it through the overt depiction of the human form, or the celebration of meticulous mark-making. Recent dumpster-fire times have made us even more aware of our own physicality, and the relevance of engaging the human body is more timely than ever before. 

 

For South Asian artists, we know all too well that there are art-tropes that our art is expected to adhere to. It just so happens however, that for us a collective - for #notyouraverage - our tolerance threshold for misplaced nostalgia, for trope pandering, is non-existent.

 

This is not to say that the work in this show is pretending to be divorced from Art History because that a) wouldn't be possible, and b) would be ridiculous. What this does mean however is that we believe deeply, fully, all-consumingly, in the power of tomorrow. In the possibility of what art can be. In the beauty of what South Asian trailblazer women artists can create.

Participating Artists

 
Moody Landscape I.jpg

Moody Landscape I
2020 | Alia Bilgrami
Gouache on handmade paper(Wasli)

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Moody Landscape II
2020 | Alia Bilgrami
Gouache on handmade paper(Wasli)

 
Women with the tea pot

Women with
the Tea Pot I

2016 | Anoli Perera
Edition 1 of 8 Series I Archival photo print

Women with the Tea Pot III

Women with
the Tea Pot III

2016 | Anoli Perera
Edition 1 of 8 Series I Archival photo print

 

Redeem
2020 | Ashfika Rahman
Edition 2 of 3 Series I Soft sculpture stitching on local handmade fabric 'Shital Pati' | Collaboration with Ora cummunity

 
Untitled 2020 | Barana Saadat Oil on canvas

Untitled
2020 | Barana Saadat
Oil on canvas

 

Ecstasy (in dirt)
2020 | Bhasha Chakrabarti
Soil from Honolulu, New Delhi, New York & New Haven and gum arabic on aluminum panel

Ecstasy_in Dirt.jpg
 
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Bibi Pak Daman
2021 | Bibi Hajra
Gouache on paper

ACQUIRED

Pahari
2021 | Bibi Hajra
Oil on paper

ACQUIRED

 

The Path
2020 | Bidhata KC
Mix media

 

Blue Print
2020 | Maryam Hina Hasnain
Archival inkjet paper on watercolor sheet / giclee print | 1 out of Series 4 | 2APs,3/10,4/10, ... 10/10 (1/10,2/10 unavailable)

Blue Print 2020 | Maryam Hina Hasnain Archival inkjet paper on watercolor sheet
Blue Print 2020 | Maryam Hina Hasnain Archival inkjet paper on watercolor sheet

Blue Print
2020 | Maryam Hina Hasnain
Archival inkjet paper on watercolor sheet / giclee print | 3 out of Series 4 | 2APs,3/10,4/10 - 10/10

 
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Heavy handed
2020 | Maya Vara
Collage; paper on board

No one knew if she was coming or going
2020 | Maya Vara
Ink on Canvas

No One Knew If She Was Coming Or Going .
 
Untitled 2021 | Quratulain Dar Oil on canvas  ​

Untitled
2021 | Quratulain Dar
Oil on canvas