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Talking about Art and Feminism

Voicing a Presence: Women in the Jehangir Nicholson Collection
Top: Bharati Kapadia, Realm of the Elusive Series (2000), mixed media. Bottom: Shakuntala Kulkarni, And When She Roared the Universe Quaked (2007), mixed media installation.

There is no better way to understand issues of contemporary art than to hear insiders talk about it as you walk through an exhibition space and look at the work. Talking About Art and Feminism will feature an introduction to the show by Kamini Sawhney, who selected the works on view, and discussion with artists Bharati Kapadia and Shakuntala Kulkarni, led by sociologist Gita Chadha. Speakers will reflect on differing attitudes toward feminism over the past several decades, from their personal experiences and within broader contexts as well. This event is a spirited tribute to the creative efforts of artists represented in the exhibition from across generations and cultural backgrounds.

Bharati Kapadia strives to create work that contains the sap of her experiences, the backbone of her existential and emotional strength. Dealing with issues such as inner evolution, memory and identity, she works with interventions of light as a part of her formal technique.

Shakuntala Kulkarni does work that is an ongoing enquiry into the lives of urban women and their spaces. She investigates the subjects of home, work environments, cultural and social spaces within a patriarchal society.

Dr. Gita Chadha is Adjunct Professor in Sociology, International Programme, University of London in Mumbai. She has been involved with many interdisciplinary projects on feminism, and is currently working on an edited publication, Gender and Science in India.

Kamini Sawhney, curator of the exhibition Voicing a Presence, is a conservator with the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, housed in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalya.

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This programme is a part of the AsiaLens series, which brings together voices from across Asia as they express themselves through the visual and performing arts, presenting a vibrant and nuanced view of modern Asia.

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Event Details

Sat 14 Jul 2012
11:00am - 1:00pm

Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)
159/61 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 023