New Delhi | In a thoughtful assortment of artworks representing uninhibited expression of voices of women, a new exhibition reimagines the importance of the practice of writing a diary, which is gradually becoming a thing of the past.
An all women’s exhibition titled Diary Entries, seeks to engage the spirit of the ‘diary,’ as a place where past, present and future come together and the artist has complete freedom to express his thoughts.
The exhibition unites five renowned women artists from different social backgrounds who have used diverse materials such as drawing, video and sculpture, bringing in autobiography, as well as their ideas on the present environment. The diary was always a very important part of how women express themselves because women could not always publish.
They could not even make their thinking and emotions public. The diary has been like a domestic art, and now that it is becoming a phenomenon that seems to belong to the 20th century, we wanted to examine what is its relevance today, says Gayatri Sinha, who has curated the exhibition.
The five participating artists include Paula Sengupta, Nilima Sheikh, Hemali Bhuta, Sheba Chhachhi and Benitha Perciyal who have responded with the richness and diversity of their practice and created works that are both intimate and reflective.
Calling sketchbook the artistic doppleganger of a diary, as both carry the first stroke of creative expression, Sinha says the artworks are about, the aspects of self examination.
The exhibition talks about the personal journeys of each artist. While some are more autobiographical, like Perciyal, who uses a house plan of the house she grew up in evoking memories of her childhood, her parents and also her childrens childhood; others like Nilima Sheikh and Sheba Chhachhi make extensive use of text and references to poetry and literature, creating evocative spaces that allow for both word and image to collaborate and make sense.
The show is also symbolic of the fact that even though diaries are largely written in familiar spaces of comfort for personal reflection, but they are also penned during the difficult times of incarceration, illness or migration.
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