51 Shades of being a woman

51 Shades of being a woman
It’s a twin celebration of womanhood and art. From veteran to budding, from established to promising, 51 contemporary women artists from Delhi will be showcasing their works, including paintings, drawings, prints and installation, in the Women’s Art Exhibition being put together by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi government’s cultural wing.

The eight day exhibition and artist camp at Twin Art Gallery and Mati Ghar Lawns, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts will be inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit on 20 March.

Veteran artists like Arpana Caur, Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, and Shobha Broota are among the names whose works will feature at the exhibition.

The theme of the exhibition revolves around the objective of Centralising Peripheries or bringing women artists to the centre of the discourse on art. The exhibition will not only focus on senior artists but will also provide an opportunity to upcoming artists to share a platform with their seniors in the field.

‘It’s wonderful to bring together all the women artists of Delhi under one roof. The fact that we have 51 artists under this banner shows that women artists enjoy their own space in the field of contemporary art. I am sure this unique exhibition will also act as an inspiration for young women who want to pursue their love for art in a big way,’ says Vishvamohan, Secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad.

Among the other artists who will be showcasing their works at the exhibition are Chitra Joshi, Deepali Manglik, Seema Kohli, Kavita Jaiswal, Yuriko Ando Lochan, Shelly Jyoti, Archana Khurana, Nisha Aggarwal, Nivedita Pandey and many others.

The artist camp will be followed by senior artists Shruti Gupta Chandra, Meena Deora, Surinder Kaur, Nidhi Agarwal, Nira Davar, Yuriko Ando Lochan, Ingrid Pitzer, Nupur Kundu, Rajnish Kaur, Prabha Shah from 21 March to 28 March, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, and the participating installation artists are Gunjan Tyagi, Renu Bariwal and Anjali Goel showcasing at Mati Ghar Lawns.

With the month of March, that observes the International Women’s Day, often associated with the efforts to celebrate women’s role in various fields, the exhibition adds another chapter to a series of celebrations that revolves around women’s art practices.

‘Vama: the Women Art Exhibition’ has brought together female art practitioners from three categories:  senior artists, mid-way practitioners and young art walkers. The participating artists come from a variety of art schools and bring a diverse range of styles and expressions.

So, if you are an art lover, seize the opportunity, and get a taste of some woman power in art and if art is your high, stick around for the camps as well. You won’t regret it.


Where: Twin Art Gallery No.1, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Janpath
When: 20 March to 28 March
Timings: 10:30 am to 7:00 pm


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