Shraddha Borawake – Garb-Age

Solo Exhibition

02.10.2019 2pm  - 06.10.2019 7pm

In her solo exhibition Garb-Age, transdisciplinary artist Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India) turns our attention towards what she describes as “(OUR) global mess,” as she scavenges trash, baggage and discarded elements, both material and mental, imbued with meaning from science, spirituality and art.

Through a combination of photography, video, performance, sculpture and playful dialog, Borawake formulates acute questions regarding the relations between various forms of knowledge and belief, within in a post-colonial, post-global context.

Garb-Age is also the title of Borawake’s larger ongoing project, in which discarded objects intersect with epistemology. As such, a significant element of her solo exhibition consists of installations made from her collection of curated garbage. Arranged as what the artist describes as “ritual landscapes,” each assemblage recounts a story of how humans have constructed interrelated systems to understand the world around them. Interacting with these curious objects may infer implications on scientific and artistic levels.

One example of such engagement is her Vernacular Tableaux Series, a video series in which she invites women to assemble shrines from her collection. In the first edition, named This Beautiful Venus Trap Earth Body, Dutch ritual artist Eline Bochem was invited to collaborate. As Bochem builds, arranges and negotiates the found objects from Borawake’s collection, the two artists discuss the topic of divine femininity from different cultural contexts.

As a whole, Borawake’s collection of scavenged objects can be viewed as an inverted postcolonial postmodern Wunderkammer, offering a vast, complex and fractured image of humanity in times of global crises, its pieces inviting narratives of trust and empathy, instead of conquest and dominion.

It is in this way, that Borawake may move the viewer to contemplate the tiniest insect through to vast themes concerning knowledge, belief, awareness and the planetary condition.

A table full of prisms and other shiny things.

One of Borawake’s significant creative impulses stems from her ongoing collaboration with Dutch Fluxus artist and writer Louwrien Wijers. In Borawake’s dialogical game Chaat Meets, a project she is developing under the grant Five Million Incidents an Occupation of Time awarded by the Goethe Institute/Max Muller Bhavan New Delhi, and made in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective, she reignites discourse around Wijers’ innovative interdisciplinary panel discussion and book Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy (1990). In Chaat Meets, Borawake uses the Indian dish Pani Puri to encourage participants to reflect and discuss ideas concerning art, science, spirituality, change and economy in times of global crisis.

In the Garb-Age, the global mess is not only material, but also mental. Borawake’s show offers a ritualistic space focusing on relations and inclusion. She takes us through the debris of ideas, concepts, beliefs and theories, that, similar to her found objects, have been discarded over time, and in an act of healing, reinterpretation and reinvention, creates something contemporary, positive and meaningful to our precarious day and age.

Installation, Video, Photography, Participatory Performance
Opening: Tuesday, October 1st, 6-9pm
Duration: October 2-6, Wednesday-Sunday 2-7 and by appointment
Entry free

Special Event:
October 4th, 7pm:
Chaat Meets
A dialog-based game, organized by the artist in cooperation with Xeno Entities Network.

During the exhibition, a small poster campaign will disseminate the artist’s assemblages. A reading corner along with the Chaat Meets session will allow visitors to discuss and immerse themselves deeper in Borawake’s topics.

About Shraddha Borawake:

Shraddha Borawake (1983) holds a diploma from the International Center of Photography New York (2005), a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Gallatin School of Individualised 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 a 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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