Thursday, October 18, 2012

‘I Am Here’ at Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke

A solo exhibition of works by artist Nicola Durvasula, entitled ‘I Am Here’ takes place at Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, Mumbai  

A sort of mini retrospective, it presents a wide range of material such as witty polemical plus conceptual works done on paper - intricate and accomplished figure drawings, as well as small sculptures that reveal her often absurd sensibility as well as poetic imagination.

The time span covered by the solo exhibition importantly coincides with the decade during which she has had a very strong association with India as evident in her art practice through subtle references to the region. These include stylistic elements drawn from art traditions of India as well as several biographical details, which appear in a curatorial text, accompanying the show.

Born  in Jersey, British Isles, in 1960 Nicola Durvasula did a Diplome National Superieurd ’Expression Plastique from the Ecole des Beaux Arts du Havre, France, and later an M.A. (Fine Art) from the Kent Institute of Art & Design. Among her solos are ‘Blame it on the sun’ (2011), Rachmaninoff’s, London; ‘Life is but a dream’, part vii (2008), Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; ‘Static lines and where they take you’ (2007), Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; ‘Nicola Durvasula’ (2004), Nature Morte, Delhi and ‘D. Nicola’ (2000), Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.

Her work was featured in ‘Watercolour’ in 2011, at Tate Britain, London. Among her recent participations are ‘Homespun’ (2011), Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; ‘Les Printemps des Poetes’ (2010), Salon de Lecture, Musee de Quai Branly, Paris; ‘Progressive to Altermodern’ (2009), Grosvenor Gallery, London; ‘Three Points of View’ (2008), GalerieMirchandani + Steinruecke; and ‘Nicola Durvasula, Chitra Ganesh, Tejal Shah’ (2006), Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. 

Her artworks will be showcased at an exhibition, entitled ‘The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989’ in February 2013 at the Chicago-based Smart Museum of Art.  She lives and works in Walmer, Kent.

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