Soghra Khurasani10 December - 16 January, 2016
Cratered Fiction is artist Soghra Khurasani’s second solo exhibition at TARQ, and features the artist’s signature woodcut prints on paper. Her new series of prints is exhibited along with some of her earlier works that explore the beginning of themes currently pivotal to her practice. Her expansive, subtle landscapes are vividly coloured in hues of red, with each print speaking in multiple layers of imagination that refuses to reveal itself with ease. Growing past the violent imagery of the volcano that dominated her first exhibition, Khurasani’s focus shifts to the dormant, yet life-sustaining crater. Curator Sumesh Sharma looks at the works from a critically feminist point of view, specifically using the filters of misogyny and gender inequality to contextualise the landscapes with current events in India, and in the world. According to him, Khurasani’s works engage with the landscape, and with the idea of the body as nature to prompt a discussion from their viewers. The artist’s practice as a whole can be seen as reactions to a variety of situations that women face, starting with the banal indignities of eve-teasing, to the more complex role that women play in popular Bollywood movies, and ultimately the violent realities of persecution. In his essay, Sharma notes that “Cratered Fiction exists as a narrative of surreal landscapes that … expect a debate on the concerns they project. Soghra Khurasani presents a relay of landscapes that urge a catharsis that can come about by allowing women to be heard in equal voices.” He points out that hers is “a fictional response to atrocities that she has not witnessed but imagined in courageous empathy.”Download Exhibition Catalogue
Soghra Khurasani (b. 1983) began her artistic training with a Bachelors Degree in Painting at Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam. She went on to get a Masters of Visual Arts degree at M.S University, Vadodara, with a specialization in print making – a medium that has come to define his artistic practice. Soghra has had several solo exhibitions such as ‘Cratered Fiction’ curated by Sumesh Sharma at TARQ, Mumbai (2015); ‘To Speak for the Mute’, Gitler & _____ Broadway, New York, U.S.A (2015) and her debut solo – ‘One day it will come out’, curated by Hena Kapadia and Sumesh Sharma at TARQ, Mumbai (2014). She has participated in several group exhibitions across the country; those of note are - ‘Memento Mori’, TARQ, Mumbai (2015); Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (2014); ‘Multiple Encounters’, AIFACS, New Delhi (2013); ‘Visual Evidence’, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2013); and ‘Interstices’— a collateral project of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. She was also a part of TARQ’s exhibit at the India Art Fair 2018 (New Delhi). Soghra has been a part of numerous artist residencies such as the KHOJ-Kooshk Residency in Tehran and New Delhi (2016), National Printmaking camp conducted by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Goa (2015) and the Lalit Kala printmaking camp, Vadodara (2012). She has been the recipient of the 56th National Academy Award at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi (2015) and Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Award, New Delhi (2009). Born in Vishakhapatnam, Soghra currently lives and works in Vadodara.
Vocabulary of a landscape
Layered with art historical and social references, a recent exhibition questions the tenets of our society through a narrative of surreal landscapes that speak in multiple layers of imagination. The crucial use of the colour red in the work is symbolic of the tropes of violence, beauty, and the co-existence of the two
Domus01 Jun 2016
The Red Earth
It looks like a wound has been framed and mounted on the wall. The vividness and ferocity of its reds and oranges indicate a raw and violent anger of the type that rarely finds acknowledgement in real life, no matter that it simmers beneath the ‘normalcy’ we value so much.
The Indian Express02 Jan 2016
Red for Resistance
She may come across as shy, even soft-spoken, but when it comes to her art, Soghra Khurasani is anything but. The Vadodara-based artist, who is exhibiting her third solo work, Cratered Fiction, at InKo Centre, is vociferous with her woodcut prints on paper—they are almost like emotional outbursts, depicting her frustration at how society treats personal freedom and women’s rights.
The New Indian Express08 Jul 2016
An Art Exhibition with a Difference
printmaking is a form that involves the creation of artworks , usually multiples of a same piece by printing on paper.
Chennai Chronicle18 Jul 2018