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STORIES OF (M)OTHERLAND

MITA CHOWDHURY 
7 June - 5 July
Opening Friday 7 June at 6pm


Stories of (M)otherland visually explores the artist's cross-cultural in-between space
within her diasporic context. By immersing herself in the essence of Bengal folklore,
fable, and native traditions and blending them with Western aesthetics, the artist
strives to portray her hybrid identity and its challenges. Living with the paradox of
lifelong migration since childhood, the artist has never experienced a sense of
rootedness, belonging or anchoring with any place or location, a theme she explores
through the diverse forms of Banners in this series. Displacement, dislocation, and
uprootedness are deeply embedded in these Banners, which serve as a universal
symbol of manifestation and activism, transcending any specific place or location.
Similarly, this sense of floating, or uprootedness, echoes the artist's feelings of
displacement and perpetual uprooting.


This series is a visual narrative of the artist's
existence in-between, which is neither real nor surreal, a constant evolution shaped
by the influence of her two contrasting cultures, East and West. Hence, The banners
incorporate the artist's native hand-stitching practice from traditional household items
called Kantha, folklores and fables she grew up with; on the contrary, the sharp-
edged bright colour field from contemporary Western aesthetics. Furthermore, the
Kantha or folklores are an ancient practice and a domestic experience she grew up
with as a young girl. Hence, this material practice attempts to re-join with memories,
traditions and the past. Nevertheless, this composition may seem like an
unconventional, forceful union; however, these disjunctions are the artist's
exploration of her inhabited cultural in-between, a journey that navigates the past
and the present with a tinge of nostalgia.

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*The following hours apply during exhibitions, otherwise by appointment only.


Sunday          9:30am -2pm

Monday         9:30am - 2pm

Tuesday         9:30am - 5pm

Wednesday    9:30am -5pm

Thursday        9:30am -5pm

Friday             9:30am -5pm

Saturday        11:00am - 2pm

*Public holidays excepted

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444 Centre Road, upstairs
Bentleigh 3204
Melbourne
Victoria Australia

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