Press Esc to close
Sunday 26 March 2017
News updated at 2:06 AM IST

Women's suppression and empowerment

Last updated: 14 December, 2011
DHNS

Female Power

Women artists based in India, the US, Australia and Iran have come together to exhibit both empowerment and suppression of the fairer sex at the same time.

Curated by Jasmine Wahi, the group of exhibition ‘And the Falchion Passed Through his Neck’ represents diverse reinterpretation of strong feminist icons through the use of historical and religious iconography to convey female empowerment in contemporary society.

Started on December 14, the exhibition at Latitude 28 has photographs, videos, paintings and sculptures from artists Anjali Bhargava, Divya Mehra, Chitra Ganesh, Samira Abbassy and Sangeeta Sandrasegar’s.

“The exhibition is basically on womens’ empowerment and suppression, both sexual and intellectual. Each work in the show is dually inspired by a female heroine and the artist herself as a strong female figure within the context of her own society. Be it a goddess, biblical character, or historically significant being – each subject disregards the misogynistic constraints prescribed for women,” says Jasmine.

For instance Samira Abbassy, an Iranian artist, and Sangeeta Sandrasegar’s works explore the power of femininity and strength in goddess such as Kali and Durga within the Hindu context, while applying autobiographical elements to their illustrations.

Anjali Bhargava’s work, ‘Suffocation Series 2010’, explores the different portrayals and physical attributes associated with goddess. It also exhibits suppression with women’s face wrapped in thin transparent plastic sheet in her pictures.

Chitra Ganesh’s work highlights women power by displaying images of warrior Rani of Jhansi and her western counterparts such as Judith and Joan d’Arc.

Women is not all about suppression, it has a dominance and humorous side too and that is what Divya Mehra’s works present in two different aspects of the exhibition. Her work ‘PANTS’ demonstrates the dominance of women in historically patriarchal societies.

“While the work is funny it is indicative of an alarming trend of dominance and curtailing of female strength,” Jasmine says. The exhibition will continue till January 15.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A delegation of FIFA U-17 Football World Cup at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Saturday...

A delegation of FIFA U-17 Football World Cup at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Saturday...

Artists Kashmir perform at fifth Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) organized by North East Zone...

Artists Kashmir perform at fifth Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) organized by North East Zone...

President Donald Trump, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price...

President Donald Trump, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price...

New Mobile Medical Unit vehicle are launched by Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department...

New Mobile Medical Unit vehicle are launched by Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department...

Map of India with BJP symbol- Lotus, during the Panch Parmeshwar Sammelan for the MCD elections...

Map of India with BJP symbol- Lotus, during the Panch Parmeshwar Sammelan for the MCD elections...

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty during the launch of Saffola breakfast cereal, in Mumbai...

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty during the launch of Saffola breakfast cereal, in Mumbai...

A farmer from Tamil Nadu state climbs a tree in a bid to commit suicide, but was later coaxed down..

A farmer from Tamil Nadu state climbs a tree in a bid to commit suicide, but was later coaxed down..

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh pinning stars on the shoulders of a cadet during passing out...

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh pinning stars on the shoulders of a cadet during passing out...

Women with their faces painted to on the eve of 60th Earth Hour in Muradabad on Saturday...

Women with their faces painted to on the eve of 60th Earth Hour in Muradabad on Saturday...

Indian cricketers pose with series trophy before the start of last test match against Australia...

Indian cricketers pose with series trophy before the start of last test match against Australia...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523