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Strokes by women

Sahil Magoo, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 20, 2013
First Published: 17:57 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:34 IST(21/3/2013)

An art exhibition in town is celebrating the spirit of womanhood by showcasing a wide range of works. Titled Vama, which means woman, this exhibit brings together 51 contemporary women artists on one platform. Organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad, the prominent artists featured in this art extravaganza include Arpana Caur, Gogi Saroj Pal, Shobha Broota and more.

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Starting today, this eight day long exhibition will see paintings, drawings, prints and installations displaying a range of styles and expressions. "It's wonderful to bring all the women artists together under one roof. The fact that we have more than 50 artists shows that women enjoy their own space in the field of contemporary art. I am sure this will also act as an inspiration for young women who want to pursue their love for art," says Vishvamohan, secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad. Revolving around the theme of the exhibition, which is bringing women artists to the centre of the discourse on art, is an installation, titled, The Bus, by artist Arpana Caur. "The work is a direct comment on the brutal rape incident that took place in Delhi last year. The installation has women blouses attached on it and I've painted delicate pink legs and bricks, signifying that when a woman steps out of walls, she is exposed to all sorts of dangers," says Caur.

The initiative also provides an opportunity to budding artists to share the platform with their seniors in the field. One of the upcoming artists, Gunjan Tyagi, says, "I will showcase an installation titled Yes, I am Sure, which talks about the middle class society and their approach to women."
Another senior artist, Gogi Saroj Pal, will exhibit a painting and a sculpture. "Kamdhenu - the wish fulfiling cow, will be on display from my end. As a woman, you are the object of desire and yet of course, you too have your desires. Thus, woman is both the object and the subject in my work," she says.

Catch him here
What: Vama - The Women Art Exhibition
On till: March 28
Timing: 10.30am to 7pm
Where: Twin Art Gallery and Mati Ghar Lawns, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath on the Yellow Line
NEAREST METRO STATION: Central Secretariat


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