Ashvita Presents,

Quiet Conversations from the Courtyard

An exhibition by
Karishma D’souza
Kim Kyoungae
Malavika Rajnarayan
Sonatina Mendes


Curated by Rekha Rodwittiya

Please join us for the Opening of the show on
Friday, 3rd February 2012
6:30 - 9:00pm

at Ashvita
11, Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai,
Mylapore, Chennai 600004.
Tamilnadu, India.

Ph: +91 984 009 4412
E: fineart@ashvita.com


The show will continue from February 3rd - March 5th 2012.


Curator’s note

The choice of these four artists arises from their belonging within a circle of communication with one another, where their inter-dependency and interaction is borne from considered deliberation and not mere circumstance alone. Being closely involved with their art and lives, I have witnessed the energies that define each of these relationships in their numerous combinations and permutations; and the spirit of the collective which guides their personal politics.

In an age of aggressive sales-talk and consumerism these small links of intimacy which connect with the spirit of humanism are sometimes hard to find,  and often get sidelined with the assumption that they serve no purpose in today’s world of bling-culture and quick-buck dreams. In this diverse and contradictory country that India is, it is sometimes a quiet journey of self discovery which  can take us to places of greater meaning for ourselves .  Art over many centuries evidences the spirit of meditative ideas that are contemplative and personal, in which  inner worlds of reflection echo stories about outer realities. Where a tiny painting of a row of white bottles by Morandi or an ink drawing of Hockney’s lover sleeping, can transport you into a world of many other whispered secrets. In the space of enquiries within these four artists works feminine sensibility  is celebrated unapologetically without being ghettoized or pigeon-holed, and  the intimate becomes significant as it evokes shared territories of experience.

Quiet Conversations from the Courtyard is a show of four artists who are part of the Collective Studio in Baroda. Each artist has chosen a stanza of poetry as the starting point for the works in this exhibition. These excerpts become the echo that throws back to us the reverberation of intention of their works, and though separate from the works, becomes an integral element in directing us to the nuanced meanings held within.

Karishma D’Souza, Kim Kyoungae, Sonatina Mendes and Malavika Rajnarayan. Four women whose works hold a quiet resonance of difference which beckon your attention, by the silence they command.