The Guild Art Gallery is delighted to present Wish, I had stayed home solo exhibition of Vidya Kamat previewing on Thursday, December 1, 2011.
Contemporary cities and urban spaces have become sites where the spectacular is staged relentlessly, saturating and overloading our senses as though to drive us into incoherence. An incoherence that helps us gloss over the disparities this excess is generating. Spectacles of violence, greed, beauty, loss, hopes and dreams are played out to entice and engulf you within the tidal wave of conspicuous consumption. In this generated excess of images, visuals and other stimuli, is there a possibility of discovering an aesthetic paradigm? Or in pursuit of excess, has the search for meaning become a futile act? In her recent body of works, Vidya Kamat explores the landscape of excess and the loss of coherence.
Vidya Kamat holds a degree in fine arts and a doctoral degree in Comparative Mythology. She is associated with the University of Mumbai as an adviser and research scholar for the subject of ancient Indian myth and culture.
Her art practice articulates the concern and conflict of traditional Indian society that is coming to terms with urban life. Kamat questions the role of myths and its implications in current society that has instigated intolerance and violence in modern India. Kamat’s select shows include solos at The Guild – The Catalogue 2003, Re-write 2005, and Tales from the Edge 2007 at The Guild, New York, Palimpsests curated by Niru Ratnam, Aicon gallery New York; Through Other Eyes: Contemporary Art from South Asia, curated by Gerard Mermoz, Herbert Art gallery & Musuem,Coventry, England; Indian Contemporary Art Palais Benedictine de Fecamp Paris, curated by Ranjit Hoskote and Supriya Banerjee; Ethics of Encounters, Contemporary art from India and Thailand, Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok, curated by Pandit Chanrochanakit and Brian Curtin; Changing Skin curated By Marta Jakimowicz; I am a Saint, New Delhi, curated by Johny ML; Intimate Lives,by Anupa Mehta.