An image of bright red lipstick looks glamorous on a plain white paper. On the other side, hangs another paper with a similar image, but in blue.
“A lipstick image is considered top fashion and wow! but a similar image on pants is gross, eew!,” says artist Saviya Lopez, 22. The young artist questions this contradiction through her works as part of an art exhibition titled River with a thousand holes.
In the exhibition, five women artists address issues concerning the plight of women and deterioration of the environment, says co-curator Zasha Colah. Drawing parallels across works, Colah says the exhibition’s theme is eco-feminism.
“A branch of feminism that co-relates devastation of environment with policies against women,” says Colah. For instance, Saviya in one of her works charts her Mumbai-based mother’s life and the fact that she has no time to pursue her passions and hobbies. “While fulfilling the needs of urban living my mother and other women in city hardly have any time left for themselves.”
Then there is Kumari Ranjeeta, 30, whose works talk of farmlands getting destroyed to make room for concrete jungles, and the plight of farmers and their families who work as construction labourers on the same site.
Artist Maria-Maika Koeing, 54, highlights the plight of those women who fled from Turkey during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923, where about 2 million people were forced to be refugees. “My works also deal with subjects such as marriage and how a woman is boxed into the roles of a wife, a mother and a homemaker,” says Koeing.
Sucheta Ghadge, 30, and Shernavaz Colah, 59, art deals with destruction of the environment and highlight building of boundaries around nature, whether in rivers or forest lands.
WHERE: Clark House Initiative, Clark House, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba
WHEN: Until June 5, 11 am to 7 pm. Closed on Monday
ENTRY IS FREE