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Artist Renuka Rajiv Takes on Society, Gender Through Personal Narrative

Rajiv, who narrates not verbally but visually, says the "need for the visual arises from a need to communicate, but this need to communicate remains outside the realm of verbal languages."

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Rajiv described the prints as a "cathartic series" made while living in Melbourne. Flickr Commons

Exhibiting the interplay between words and visuals, a solo show by artist Renuka Rajiv critically chronicles and comments on matters of sexuality, gender, physicality and notions of family and relationships via personal narratives.

“The Future Is Not My Gender” is a multidisciplinary exhibition, showing different renditions of fabric and paper using drawings, paper mache, tie-dye and embroidery.

It is on at the Vahdera Art Gallery here till August 18.

It includes a large body of textile and embroidery works, sculptures, and twenty four monotypes selected from a larger series of three hundred prints.

The fabric works are mostly made with old garments of the artist’s family and friends.

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“The Future Is Not My Gender” is a multidisciplinary exhibition. Flickr Common

“This is a moment in a long-term exploration of expressing the aspects of my reality that are outside the material world,” the Bengaluru-based artist said about the exhibition.

Rajiv described the prints as a “cathartic series” made while living in Melbourne.

Some drawings also weave visuals with verbal interjections — sharp observations around gender and sexuality within the larger social context.

“With a strong inclination towards the spontaneously created “hand-made” works, the exhibition accommodates the imaginative, observational and autobiographical,” Vahdera Art Gallery said in a statement.

Rajiv, who narrates not verbally but visually, says the “need for the visual arises from a need to communicate, but this need to communicate remains outside the realm of verbal languages”.

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Rajiv was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award (EAA) 2016, awarded by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

The exhibition is a culmination of the award process including a three-month residency in Switzerland in 2017. (IANS)

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Royal Easter Show Showcases Wonderful Nataraja Art Exhibition

​Shweta Bhargava was very keen to exhibit Shiva’s painting at the event, as people from all parts of the society visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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Artist Shweta Bhargava with her 5 feet Nataraja at Royal Easter Show Sydney in 2019. Hindu Council

By: Shweta Bhargava

A 5 feet tall painting of Hindu lord Shiva is among several beautiful artworks that are currently being exhibited at the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2019. The artwork is made up by Sydney based Artist Shweta Bhargava, who is promoting Indian art forms in Australia since last 8 years.

 

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Shweta had exhibited her works last year at Diwali Art Exhibition organized by Hindu Council of Australia at Strathfield library in Sydney. Hindu Council

She had also displayed her art work at ANZAC Jawan memorial service hld in April 2019 at Cherrybrook.

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Red Car – Realistic Art Work
By: Shweta Bharagava (Hindu Council)

One of her realistic artwork titled ” Classic Red Car” is also part of this exhibition.

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Shweta Bhargava was very keen to exhibit Shiva’s painting at the event, as people from all parts of the society visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It is highly acclaimed within the art community in Sydney. Promoting an Indian art form in an event of such large scale is exciting. She has received several accolades from various Sydney based artists and art galleries for her work. (Hindu Council)