We are very pleased to announce that Kinnari Saraiya is our February Artist of the Month.
She was born in Bombay, India and living in London, addresses contemporary discourses of the imperial past from a post-colonial standpoint. She gives voice to the architectural landscape of India that is regarded as a silent witness of the British Raj and transforms it through contemporary techniques like laser-cutting, moulding and painting with spices. Taking the form of theatrical aesthetics, she lures the viewer in and forces them to learn a perspective of the brutal history. Colonial public sculptures that were erected in England and in the colonies during the peak of the Empire have seen 100s of years of warships, brutality, celebration and independence. The absence of voice extends into the way they are regarded as silent witnesses of oppression. While the voice is faded and neglected in their existence in the landscape, her responses in a gallery allow space for reflection and speculation. She received her BFA with honours from Arts University Bournemouth in 2020, where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for excellence in creativity for her recent project ‘Victoria Terminus’. The same project won the runners up prize at An Indian Festival 2020 and was shortlisted for the New Emergence Art: Unity Award in 2020. She has exhibited in solo shows both, nationally and internationally, in Venice, India, United Kingdom and California. Check out her shop below.
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