Two moons ago, we’d featured the notional Aishwarya Arumbakkam--one of the most aesthetically sound and excoriating visual artists that Mumbai’s given shelter in recent years--and her stunning photography project which saw her re-imagine real women as item girls through the decades of Indian cinema.
Soon to unravel her sophomore project in full-fledged exhibition format in association with Offroad films, we’re pulling out the first few threads of it right here on Homegrown, a prelude of sorts if you will. ‘Stalked’ (scars in time & space) ensures continuity in her journey of exploration of polarity and stereotypes in Indian image making as she documents real women who have actually faced the intrusiveness of being on the receiving end of unwanted, obsessive attention. The ones who have been ‘stalked.’
With her trademark sensitive style “the visceral, intangible images do not attempt to recreate an incident or sensationalise with details. Rather, they focus on the indelible remnants of past events that continue to form undercurrents in the present. By choosing to revisit a horror that can continue to haunt the survivors, the artist hopes for a cathartic release.”
Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:
Arumbakkam will be unveiling this pertinent series in Mumbai.
Where: The Art Loft, 37, Waroda Road, Ranwar, Bandra west
Time: 10 am - 8 pm
Homegrown will also be showcasing the series in its entirety post the exhibition so don’t fret if Bombay doesn’t house your bones. Arumbakkam’s work has a way of seeking you out.