New media and art installation exhibition addressing the girl child and the feminine, curated by Avani Rao Gandra for ‘Art for Change’ at Iconart Gallery Initiative is on till March 24 at Hamburg Hall, Goethe-Zentrum. To be born a girl, violence begins in the womb - disparity begins before birth as increasing female foeticide, as selective sex abortions. With growing lack of gender sensitivity towards women the repression continues in many forms of low tolerance in societal outlook and increasing violence - as more domestic work for the girl, low education priority, as child labour, early marriages to elderly males, early pregnancies, forced sex trade, vulnerability to sexual diseases like HIV, rape - violence all the way has robed the girl child and the feminine their music, their song and their dance in life, the right to live and die in peace. “These installations and new media art works by twelve artists address in symbolic, narrative, poetic forms, these aspects of female gender suppression in a variety of mediums and forms with references from history, addressing the political, societal, psychological and philosophical aspects of femininity – to express the joys of living as a woman, to claim rights of their dignity and magnificence, and to nourish the nature of the feminine strength and beauty,” says Avani Rao Gandra.
Pavan Kumar D, Avani Rao Gandra, Sharmistha Kar, Debosmita Samanta, Sonali Laha, Farzona Khannoon, Archana R Biswas, Ravi Kumar Nayak, Sai Sheela, Sayoni Laha, Glower Paul, Appalanaidu, Anindita Chakraborty and Tapasi Nath