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Bharati Kapadia



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Ways of Seeing
 27th August 2005 - 31st August 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

The power of the visual to directly affect and alter the consciousness of sentient beings is the prime motivation behind my choice to work from within the visual milieu. My repeated confrontation with the experience of "the essence of something" which eludes articulation through words has led me to images, visual concepts, which hold the potential to resonate within the viewer-participant's consciousness.Through building and shaping the image content of my work, I attempt to gather under one fold so to say, a range of multi-tiered interconnections which converge and integrate to resonate within the experiential field of the viewer.This interplay, the jugalbandhi between the creator in me and the spectator in me is a constant during the process of my art making. As a spectator of a work of art, I feel 'activated' when two factors are potentially present: a) the space for me (as a spectator) to participate, resulting in b) the space to re-create the 'substance' which I am getting through my participation. The sense of 'satisfaction' that ensues when I do participate and re-create, is the culmination, the fruition, of the experience of that work of art. My artist persona operates from the dual framework of creator/spectator. It is a conscious, political choice born out of my awareness of the artist's responsibility to both and I stand committed to it.

Biography

Born in Mumbai, Bharati Kapadia graduated in Applied Art from Sir J J Institute in the city. She has had three solo exhibitions of her work ‘Realm of the Elusive’ in 2000; ‘Of Currents and Confluences’ in 1997 and ‘Collages’ in 1994 all at Mumbai. She has also participated in several important group shows, some of which are ‘The Tile Project, Destination: The World’ organized by Transcultural Exchange, USA; ‘Making of India’, New Delhi, ‘Kaleidoscope’, New York; ‘Art & Ideas: The Mumbai Art Magazine’ and ‘Objet d’Art’, both in Mumbai in 2004, ‘Objects of Wonder’, USA and ‘Mapping the Pscyche’, Bangalore; ‘Coaster Project, Destination: The World’, USA and 8th European Patchwork Meet at France in 2002, ‘Combine: Voices for the New Century’, New Delhi, ‘Assoziationen’ showcasing the works of three Indian and three Austrian artists at the ‘May For India & You’ Festival, Tulln, Austria; ‘The Banyan & The Bodhi’ a site specific installation at Kala Ghora Art Fest, in 2000. She was the artist at residency in Apex Art Residency, New York in 2001 for one month and Artists Equity Association for a 6 month program to Seattle, USA in 1993/94. Bharati lives and works in Mumbai.


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