From Nature to the Future

Anomalies

London17 Jun – 31 Jul 2009
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  • Anomalies will differ from other recent exhibitions that have attempted to define Indian or South Asian art. It includes the work of fourteen South Asian women artists, the majority of whom were born or live in the UK or US, and consequently their work occupies a complex position rooted in familiar urban aesthetics while referencing multiple visual traditions. Arriving from disparate points of origin, the work presented in this exhibition is representational, and examines the intersections of human nature, human interaction with nature and science fiction.

    Entering a dialogue that has long been the domain of male artists, this exhibition proposes additional dimensions by playfully revealing current anxieties about the survival of our species. Many of the invited artists study the symbiotic relationship between living creatures and our planet – the yearning to be close to nature and fear of what the future holds. Maria Benjamin’s videos show people mimicking stuffed bears in the Museum of Natural History; Nazneen Ayyub-Wood self-transforms into a cat; Hamra Abbas’ oversize baby clutches cobras; Neeta Madahar’s series observes birds at her feeder over the seasons; while in Nidhi Jalan’s claymation, a girl and a vulture lovingly devour each other. Mithu Sen, Mequitta Ahuja, Anna Bhushan and Chitra Ganesh have visions of fantastical beings while Simrin Mehra Agarwal, Jaishri Abichandani and the Otolith Group present startling prospects for the future. Rina Banerjee and Sa’dia Rehman fabricate surreal installations with organic and artificial materials, bringing a visceral explosion of materials and forms into the gallery space.

    The exhibition presents work in a variety of media: performances by Sonia Mehta and Nazneen Ayyub-Wood, video, photography, installation, sculpture, drawing and painting. Maria Benjamin has designed the catalogue with an original essay by Shaheen Merali. Participating artists are Hamra Abbas, Jaishri Abichandani, Mequitta Ahuja, Nazneen Ayyub-Wood, Rina Banerjee, Maria Benjamin, Anna Bhushan, Chitra Ganesh, Nidhi Jalan, Neeta Madahar, Simrin Mehra Agarwal, the Otolith Group, Sa’dia Rehman, and Mithu Sen.

    • Nazneen Ayyub-Wood
      Queens Botanical Gardens From "The Cat Project"

      2009-10-12 12:33:35
      Digital C print
      76.2 x 101.6 cm
      Edition of 10

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    • Nazneen Ayyub-Wood
      Sitting on Millennium Bridge From "The Cat Project"

      2005
      Digital C print
      76.2 x 101.6 cm
      Edition of 10

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    • Nazneen Ayyub-Wood
      Looking at Brooklyn Bridge From "The Cat Project"

      2006
      Photographic print
      Edition of 5

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    • Nazneen Ayyub-Wood
      The Cat Project Miniatures 1-20

      2009
      Oil & acrylic on sizes 0, 1, 2 & 3 artificial nails, 
sequence of 20

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    • Rina Banerjee
      Beastly Flower

      2009
      Mixed media-steel, shells polyester, linen, feathers

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    • Hamra Abbas
      It's a Boy!

      2008
      Painted fibreglass
      114 x 109 x 91 cm – 44 4/5 x 42 4/5 x 35 4/5 in

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    • Maria Benjamin
      High-Up Lions

      2009
      Video
      Edition of 3

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    • Maria Benjamin
      Still from the film Life-Like Bear

      2007
      Video
      3:00 min
      Edition of 3

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    • Maria Benjamin
      Shoe Tree of Scotland

      2007
      C-type print mounted on MDF
      50.8 x 50.8 cm - 20 x 20 in
      Edition of 5

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    • Jaishri Abichandani
      Lingam

      2009
      Dildo, whips and Swarovski crystals
      30.5 cm (12 in)

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    • Jaishri Abichandani
      Lingam

      2009
      Dildo, whips and Swarovski crystals
      28 cm (11 in)

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    • Anna Bhushan
      Dissection 1 (Yami)

      2007
      Watercolor and Gouache on paper
      28 x 35.6 cm - 11 x 14 in

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    • Anna Bhushan
      Dissection 2

      2009
      Watercolour and gouache on paper
      28 x 35.6 cm - 11 x 14 in

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    • Anna Bhushan
      Dissection 3

      2009
      Watercolour and gouache on paper
      28 x 35.6 cm - 11 x 14 in

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    • Anna Bhushan
      Dissection 4

      2009
      Watercolour and gouache on paper
      28 x 35.6 cm - 11 x 14 in

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    • Anna Bhushan
      Dissection 5

      2009
      Watercolour and gouache on paper
      28 x 35.6 cm - 11 x 14 in

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    • Nidhi Jalan
      Supper with a Vulture

      2009
      Video
      2:03 min
      Edition of 3 plus 1 AP

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    • Simrin Mehra-Agarwai
      Metamorphosis of a Human Hologram II

      2008
      Acrylic on canvas
      194.3 x 223.5 cm (76 ½ x 88 in)

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    • Neeta Madahar
      Sustenance 110

      2003
      Iris print on Somerset Velvet paper
      89 x 119.5 cm - 35 x 47 in

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    • Neeta Madahar
      Sustenance 92

      2003
      Iris print on Somerset Velvet paper
      88.9 x 118.75 cm - 35 x 46 4/5 in

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    • Otolith Group
      Otolith 1

      2003
      Digital Video
      25:00 mins
      limited edition of 6

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    • Otolith Group
      Scyritæ

      2010
      69 x 117 cm (27 ¼ x 46 in)
      Limited edition of 4

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    • Otolith Group
      Pharnaces

      2010
      69 x 138 cm (27 ¼ x 54 ¼ in)
      Limited edition of 4

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    • Otolith Group
      Akephaloi

      2010
      69 x 97 cm (27 ¼ x 38 ¼ in)
      Limited edition of 4

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    • Nazneen Ayyub-Wood
      Highway to Hell (after AC/DC)

      2009

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    • Mequitta Ahuja
      Plow

      2009

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    • Rina Banerjee
      A shampooing surgeon he is - sent vapor and steam to a client unclean and uncomfortable with brassy plates of paste and vegetable pills, sent to all who wailed and whined, sent as Indian tradition

      2009

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    • Rina Banerjee
      Military science, modern war and a ruthless sense of mass manufacturing pealed thunder from sky and plated her bones with gold but her slaves could not bring her a certain future


      2009

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    • Being Anastacia I

      2006

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    • Being Anastacia II

      2006

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    • The dream as it happened

      2006

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    • Forever October

      2009

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    • Midday Compulsions

      2009

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    • The Gift

      2009

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    • Garden's Secrets

      2009

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    • Behind the Bleeding Eye

      2009

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    • Moment of Clairvoyance

      2009

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