I am a multidisciplinary artist from Bangalore, studied in MS University. Currently practicing in Bangalore, Karnaraka. My work has developed in number of ways over the years yet from the very beginning of my art practice, I have workded in Painting, Printmaking, Installation, Video Art and Live/ Performance art. My intention is to blend these mediums into an interdisciplinary language.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Digital To Performative Practices In Contemporary Art



Digital To Performative Practices In Contemporary Art

With Rekha Rao, Senior Artist and speakers - Dimple Shah, Performance Artist, Jasmeen Patheja, Founder/Director Blank Noise and Tanya Mehta, New Media Artist
The webinar discusses issues related to gender, identity, body, and self in contemporary art practices located amidst socio-political, and larger humanitarian contexts. Women-centric narratives and empowerment lie at the core of the three artists’ practices. Dimple Shah and Jasmeen Patheja rely on performative devices to catalyze social change and transformation, while Tanya Mehta explores new media as a tool to construct alternate realities which discuss the placement of body and self in a surrealistic landscape.

Dimple B Shah is a practicing multidisciplinary artist from Bangalore, studied at MS University, Baroda; her art practice has developed in Painting, Printmaking, Installation, and Performance Art. She has worked in various residencies like The Art house UK, Villa Welbreta, Germany, Space Studio, Baroda, Glasgow Print Studio UK, Printmakers Studio Mumbai & Baroda, and Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy. She has been honored with National & International Awards among them ROSL International Residency UK 2019, Villa Welbreta Residency by Municipal corporation of Munich 2017, India Foundation for the Arts grant for project 560, 2014, Afiriperforma International Residency, Lagos, Nigeria 2013, First Gold Prix in 7th Engraving Biennale, Versailles 2009, National Award, LKA, Government of India 2008, Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award, UK 2005, Arunawaz Award 2004, Junior Fellowship, HRD, Govt.2000/2. She has widely performed at International biennale and performance festivals across the continents in Africa, Europe, and South Asian Countries.
Jasmeen Patheja is an artist in public service, committed to ending violence against women, girls, and all persons. She founded Blank Noise, (2003) in response to the global silence surrounding street harassment. Patheja facilitates building testimonials of sexual violence and victim blame. She works with communities and designs interventions to shift public consciousness. Her practice rests on the power of collaborations and feminist solidarities. Projects include I Never Ask For It and Meet To Sleep. Patheja is the recipient of the Visible Award, for socially engaged art practice and the International Award For Public Art. BBC listed her as one of the 12 artists changing the world in 2019. She is also a TED and Ashoka Fellow and a TED speaker. Patheja is an artist in residence at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology.
Tanya Mehta is a new media artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Born in Bombay, Tanya Mehta completed her MA in Goldsmiths College (London) in Photography (The Image and Electronic Arts). She works with new mixed media, photographing everyday objects and turning them into alternate realities through collage and digital painting. Her production sees her working closely with various modern technologies. The philosophy of her work explores the gaps between our different constructions of knowledge – philosophy, art, science, the metaphysical – and finds, in those gaps, bridges. She hopes to take the audience over those bridges to move to the singular reality or truth that exists for all of us. The key is imagination.
Rekha Rao studied painting under her eminent father K.K Hebbar. She has a postgraduate degree (History) from Bombay University. She has held several solo shows at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. This was followed by several solos, group shows, and art camps in India and abroad. Rekha is a colorist. In her paintings, the interplay of visual experiences is gleaned from her surroundings. They are a conflation of association. The search is for a grammar of colors that effectively illuminates her response towards events and happenings that serve as a trigger. She works on paper and canvas. Rekha’s works are in the collection of NGMA Mumbai, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Singapore National Museum, Fukuoka Gallery Japan, Venkatappa Gallery, Bengaluru besides several private collectors like WIPRO, MSIL, Mogae Pvt. Ltd, SBI, and many more. She has participated in the 1V Triennial India, Asian Biennale Dacca, and many charity auctions conducted by Sotheby’s, Asprey’s, and Christie's (by invitation). Rekha Rao lives and works in Bangalore.
All images and videos presented by the artists belong to them

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Prayers of Shaman -Invoking Healing Goddess

Bodies:On: Live

Performed Live on 25th June 2021 

Prayer of Shaman –Invoking healing goddess is performance, shamanistic ritual act. It is to establish an image of the pandemic goddess who is a healer. Performer attempted to embody the body through a ritual turning into the Goddess of Pandemic. The performer's body facilitates transmuting the message to her and in the process becoming Goddess herself. 
I  carried on my head the image of the goddess which was a 'Mirror' that would reflect the image of the audience who is interacting with the goddess and there the transformation happens where the audience expects to see the image of a goddess instead they see their own reflection. here the audience takes the position of the goddess and I think everyone has the ability to achieve that state of sacredness and I facilitate to make it visible to my audiences.

The healing happens through various herbal healing plants. The performance deals with my audience through online interaction it will have an impact since every individual has their own psychological and emotional and physical concerns. My work is to build and inspired by the goddess image from my cultural roots but not directly portray it just hinting at my connection. Seeing pandemics from the past one and half years and the critical situations in India I feel like recreating this act again with one more version. This performance was cathartic and transforming not only to the audience but also to me as a performer. 

'Nature is a healer' forms a very integral part of my performance and I  used natural alchemical and medicinal plants  Sacred Plants which are curative and have a lot of health benefits like  Ajwain, ajowan, or Trachyspermum Ammi—also known as ajowan caraway, thymol seeds, bishop's weed, or carom, Neem Leaves, (Tulsi) Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Kama Kasturi l ( Ocimum basilicum). Tumbe plant (Leucas Aspera) and as part of invocation ritual I sowed Seven Scared grains for goddesses. These grains constitute Goddess's. It is an offering to evoke her to invite her to our ritual.  Prayer was offered to form a secret exchange in form of voice modulations. It was an experiential to both me and my audience a kind of spiritual and healing journey. 

In my performance, I had incorporated symbolic object which can metaphorically represent the goddess image but not a religious symbols. It is an artistic exploration to fight this pandemic, to experience catharsis, and create a healing space where both audience and myself can undergo transformation. I shared a  recipe to prepare a tea portion that has medicinal benefits and heals. Dimple B Shah 11 May 2021 Please note it was a different version from the earlier created work.

Dimple B Shah  25th June 2021 
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