Oct 6th 2022

Where She Comes From

@ NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery

5500 N St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, Building E

Opening Thursday, October 6th, from 5:30PM - 8PM

On view through Friday, October 28th

Ashwini Bhat
Janhavi Khemka
Neha Puri Dhir
Falaks Vasa
Kushala Vora

Curator: Pia Singh

‘Where She Comes From’ traces the corporeal experience of five femme artists’ from India, with varying degrees of connection to America. Questioning the material and ideological place from ‘where’ they take their stand, works on view explore the nature of being in-between two, embodying the ‘both/and’ while acknowledging the fractured, precarious nature of state and social hegemonies.

Collectively navigating spatiotemporal relationships in relation to identity, the artists research culminates in forms of writing, sculpture, photography, textile, performance and video, creating a bio-psycho-social terrain where viewers are asked to step away from anthropologizing the (former) third-world female figure. As the effects of environmental racism and colonialism continue to unjustifiably impact bodies of color, how can we bear witness through the metaphysical, mythological, spiritual, and ecological frameworks s/he relates to? Could s/he be a site beyond gender, a diviner between past and future? Is s/he an embodiment of radical hope and dissonance, or a site between the speculative and the scientific?

Please join us for an in person opening reception October 6th, and live discussion with the artists via Zoom on October 16th, 2022.

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