Friday, October 12, 2012

Tantalizing ‘Table Wide Country’ at Frieze fair

Bani Abidi presents a solo showcase in the ‘Frame’ section of the Frieze fair dedicated to art galleries under six-years-old. Mumbai-based Chaterjee & Lal and Project 88 are featuring here.

The artist is very much excited over her participation at the prestigious fair. She is renowned for her sharp visual commentary on immediate socio-political milieu. The artist hosts in her solo a set of photos that have been shot in a fictitious character’s home. The series, entitled ‘Table Wide Country’, aims to capture eccentricities of human beings in make-belief realms, which often turn into psychological cushions. This particular character is a war models collector, but his is an effort to react to the history of a conflict with his own provocative and uneasy, albeit perhaps therapeutic narratives.

As an artist, she is conceptual in approach. She works primarily with video and photography. They often comprise humorous moments drawn from everyday life that she employs to comment on various socio-political and cultural situations that concern her. Her new video and photographic works are about people who are going elsewhere. Through multiple frames and gestures she builds up an anatomy of preparation, anxiety and patience. The entire video is a play on coercion using migration as a metaphor.

Born in Pakistan, Bani Abidi completed her graduation from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1994 and completed her Master’s from Art Institute of Chicago, in 1999. Her works have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows such as ‘Karachi’, Green Cardamom, London 2010, ‘Where Three Dreams Cross', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; The X Lyon Biennale 2009, Lyon, France; 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008, Kwangju, South Korea, among others. Her works are in the collections of MoMA, New York and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, and several other prestigious private collections. In 2011 she was an artist in residence at the prestigious DAAD Artists –in –Berlin program.

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