LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES…
Opening Jan 12th 2012
Until Feburary 6th 2012
How do we see? What is the hidden agenda behind appearances? Is what Sharmila Samant in her monographic show Listen to your Eye undertakes to investigate. Exhibiting after 15 years in the city of Mumbai, the artist retrospectively draws on her earlier projects continuing her critique of globalisation, genetically modified foods and commentary on current socio-political undertakings. Comprising of sculptural-installation and neon, her new body of work subverts the materialty of the objects in relation to its function bringing to a fore issues of corruption, notions of progess and making visible the detritus in society through a trompe-l'œil. Listen to your eyes… could be viewed as a cautionary note of events taking place in our world that need urgent addressal as they pose consequences for us if they continue to go unaddressed and unarticulated in the future.
About the artist:
Sharmila Samant (b: 1967) studied at the Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, India1989. Residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1998-99 and the Gasworks Studios 2000. Has participated in a number of national and international shows including ‘Century City’ - Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, The Tate Modern, London, UK, curated by Geeta Kapur 2001. Liverpool Biennale,Liverpool, UK 2002, ‘Sub terrain’, artworks in the city fold, Body. City, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany, curated: Geeta Kapur 2003. ‘The Werkleitz Biennale: Common Property’, Volkspark, Halle/Saale, Germany 2004 Edge of Desire: Recent art in India’, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, (traveling exhibition) and ‘Indian Summer’ Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts de Paris, Paris, curated Henry-Claude Cousseau, Deepak Ananth, Jany Lauga 2005, Subcontingent The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rabaudengo, Torino, Italy, curate