Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | August 21, 2010

Rivers of Blood

Paula sen gupta , Rivers of Blood - Burma to Benapole IV

I appropriated the nakshi kantha, a quilting tradition from Bangladesh, where the kantha or quilt tends to become the narrative field. Traditionally embroidered by women on found fabric, nakshi kanthas act as deeply relevant social and cultural signifiers, emerging as a strong political voice in an era of turbulence. I initially simulated the nakshi kantha in the drawing and etching mediums, but later turned to embroidering on found Colonial textiles myself, juxtaposing the run stitch of nakshi kantha with Colonial forms of embroidery such as cross-stitch. Thus material and medium emerge as strong signifiers in this entire body of work.

–paula sengupta (her exhibition is on view  at gallery Camould ..have a look)


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