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THE GIRL HARBOUR – ART THAT SHOWCASES HOW WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE

women-art-5Women’s Day is a celebration of Womanhood. Today on International Women’s Day, we bring to you an exhibition which displays the art works done by some of the most professional women across the country. The exhibition is the latest curatorial venture of Bose Krishnamachari. Catch some of the glimpses of these arts in different forms though our special report. At Mumbai’s new Gallery BMB, big is best. The curator Bose Krishnamachari’s latest curatorial effort brings together 26 women artists in a two-part show. The art works of the women is titled “Her Work is Never Done”. Despite its nice title the exhibition presents, a little self-consciously, the outdated idea that artists today “need not necessarily be defined by their gender”, but by their “outstanding talent” instead. What’s appealing though are the varied fields from which these women spring, such as architecture, photography, graphic design, fashion, video, painting and installation, all expressing their concepts without restriction. You will find different forms of art to showcase how a woman’s work is never done. But do not get mislead with the theme name as it conjures up an image of a woman busy all the time with her household activities. Instead, the works displayed shows how a woman’s roles and her work never end either being a wife or a mother or a daughter. One art work that will definitely catch your eye is that done by fashion designer Shilpa Chavan. She has created a nearly six feet sculptural installation of a woman with accessories such as dust pans symbolizing her life of endless drudgery. Another artist is a photographer Dia Mehta. She has showcased staged tableaux of the 18th century Indian royal families with the woman in the photographs replaced by mannequins – a mordant take on society’s attitude towards women. Besides this it also has work of young filmmaker Gitanjali Rao, who has won three prizes at Cannes in 2006 for her short film Printed Rainbow, which is one of the three films she has exhibited at the gallery. Kanchi Mehta further said that more than a platform, the exhibition is an exposure for these already established women in their own fields. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV news.

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