Emerging Frame is an Arts-in-Partnership initiative where by InKo Centre, in collaboration with select galleries across India, will periodically present exemplary work by of emerging, contemporary artists from India that will surprise and delight us with their freshness of approach and finesse of technique.
We begin this initiative with an exhibition titled Cratered Fiction presented in association with Tarq, Mumbai, to showcase
the exceptional work of Soghra Khurasani. The exhibition will be on view at The Gallery @ InKo Centre from 13 July to 16 August 2016.
Cratered Fiction features Soghra Khurasani's signature woodcut prints on paper. This series of prints is exhibited along with
some of her earlier works that explore the beginning of themes currently pivotal to her practice. Her expansive, subtle landscapes
are vividly coloured in hues of red, with each print speaking in multiple layers of imagination that refuses to reveal itself with ease.
Growing past the violent imagery of the volcano that dominated her first exhibition, Khurasani's focus shifts to the dormant, yet
Curator Sumesh Sharma looks at the works from a critically feminist point of view, specifically using the filters of misogyny and gender inequality to contextualise the landscapes with current events in India, and in the world. According to him, Khurasani's works engage with the landscape and with the idea of the body as nature to prompt a discussion from viewers. The artist's practice as a whole can be seen as reactions to a variety of situations that women face, starting with the banal indignities of eve-teasing, to the more complex role that women play in popular Bollywood movies and ultimately the violent realities of persecution.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1983, Soghra Khurasani is a Vadodara-based artist, though she was raised in the city of Visakhapatnam. She holds a Master's degree in Printmaking from the School of Fine Art, Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara (2010) and an Undergraduate degree in Painting from the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (2008).
Khurasani's solo shows include her debut 'One day it will come out', a collaborative project of Clark House Initiative and TARQ, Mumbai, curated by
Sumesh Sharma and Hena Kapadia (2014); 'Reclaiming Voices', curated by Noman Ammouri, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2014); and 'To Speak for the Mute' at the Gitler & __ gallery, New York (2015). Her selected group exhibitions: 'Memento Mori', TARQ, Mumbai (2015); 'Regional Art Exhibition', Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (2014); 'Multiple Encounters', AIFACS, New Delhi (2013); 'Visual Evidence', Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2013); and 'Interstices'— a collateral project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. A recipient of the National Academy Award granted by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (2015), Khurasani has participated in the Religare Arts Residency in New Delhi (2011) and the Lalit Kala Akademi's National Printmaking Camp in Vadodara (2012).
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