In her second exhibition Unequal Notes,at Delhis Galeria de Arte at O Palacio,artist Gayatri Aditya has focussed on the inequalities of life. The reference is to consumerism and cross cultural influences, says Aditya,whose previous show in the Capital was in 2001 at the Institute of Art and Literature. The present show comprises photographs and canvases. In the diptych Taj Mahal Revisited-1,the Chennai-based artist shows the effects of age on a woman sitting in front of the Taj Mahal,through juxtaposing images of her taken five decades apart. The place remains the same,but the woman has aged gracefully and so has her surrounding, says Aditya. The Seal series,meanwhile,has women from different communities wearing a mangalsutra,including one worn by a women in a hijab. She is a Hyderabadi Muslim. Wearing a mangalsutra is a Hindu custom,so I found it unusual for her to be wearing one, adds the 34-year-old artist. The notion of the female body viewed as a object also comes forth in the canvases. In the oil painting Watering Down Popcorn Dreams,Aditya paints a female nude with the consumerist image of a cup of popcorn. Elsewhere,in Trampling Elephant,a nude is covered with parrots,while an shooting for an advertisement is in progress. This is different from the perception of women in India. It also focuses on the tendency to photoshop images and make it perfect,thereby creating a false idea, she says.
The exhibition is on till November 2 at Hauz Rani. Contact: 26490008. (EFS)