Indian Artist Scavenges for Spiritual Meaning in Modern Garbage
02.10.2019 2pm - 06.10.2019 7pm
For immediate release
garbage, sculpture, film, installation, spirituality, ritual art
Exhibition of sculpture, film, installation, performance and workshop by Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India)
Tuesday, October 1, 6-9pm
Duration – October 2-6, Tuesday-Sunday 2-7 or by appointment
SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße)
In her solo show “Garb-Age”, presented at SomoS Art House Berlin, Indian artist Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India) ignites a conversation between science and spirituality.
BERLIN—September 26th 2019–Between October 1-6, the outcome of transdisciplinary artist Shraddha Borawake’s three-month artist residency is presented at SomoS Berlin in her solo exhibition Garb-Age. Through a combination of photography, video, performance, sculpture, food and playful dialog, Borawake turns attention towards what she describes as “(OUR) global mess,” by focusing on the relations between various forms of knowledge and belief.
Garb-Age consists of installations made from the artist”s collection of curated garbage. Ritualistically arranged, each assemblage recounts how humans have developed interrelated systems to understand the world around them. Starting from simple objects, Borawake invites us to contemplate vast themes concerning knowledge, belief, awareness and the planetary condition.
One impulse for Borawake’s Garb-Age stems from her collaboration with Dutch artist and writer Louwrien Wijers, and in particularly her 1990 panel discussion and book Art Meets Science & Spirituality in a Changing Economy. Like Wijers, the film, sculpture and dialog-spaces of Borawake’s solo exhibition Garb-Age ignite discussion on the interconnections between knowledge and belief systems, rather than their differences.
By looking at the theoretical implications of things, Borawake shows how the garbage of our world is not only material, but also mental. Through transdisciplinary methods, Borawake ritualizes the often chaotic assortment of society’s debris, transforming them into sources of reflection on the precarity of today’s world.
About Shraddha Borawake
Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India) holds a diploma from the International Center of Photography New York (2005), a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2012), and a Master of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem De Kooning Academy, The Netherlands (2018). The artist’s work encompasses experiential research, cross-cultural pollinations, tentacular facilitation and audio-visual art installations. Her fluid collaborative practice has engaged many private institutions, public spaces, and cultural bodies across the globe. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at SomoS Art House, and an Actant/Awardee for Five Million Incidents by the Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective.
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