Kashi Art gallery presents TIE(D) TIE(S) By Lakshmi Madhavan at Kashi Art Café Fort Kochi
Lakshmi Madhavan is an independent, contemporary artist residing and working in Mumbai. She has been drawing, painting and colouring, since she can remember. Art was her escape as a child and this childhood passion was brought to the forefront a few years ago when she gave up her successful marketing career to pursue art.
She has recently concluded her training & residency under the German artist, Bernhard Martin at the Summer Academy in Salzburg. She is mentored by the Indian contemporary artist, Jitish Kallat in Mumbai and has assisted him with the production and planning of his first career retrospective “Here After Here” curated by Catherine David. It was held in January 2017 at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. Another stint with the French artist Nicolas Menard at the Louvre in Paris, helped her understand the varied perspectives around the representation of the human body through the ages.
The artist’s oeuvre focuses on the interplay between phenomena and meaning when organisms, objects and environments interact. She alternates between form, material, scale, figuration and abstraction. Lakshmi has previously exhibited in Copenhagen, Austria and Mumbai.
Lakshmi’s last work, a towering installation titled “I need some air” was awarded the best installation amongst hundred installations by the curatorial board at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2018. The work reflected the wake of the Anthropocene, humanity redefining earth’s geology and ecosystems, provoking one to reconsider mankind’s collective responsibilities as a species.
Lakshmi is currently the artist in residence at the iconic Kashi Art Gallery in Fort Kochi. The month-long residency is both symbolic & nostalgic to her, as she returns to her place of birth, after migrating from the state nearly thirty years ago. The artist’s practice usually unfolds a polyphony of interlaced ideas, images, forms, meaning and material that is linked to the local culture and landscape. In this case, the locally abundant material- coir, is used to explore the narrative of the interplay of identity, displacement, culture and belonging. The installation traverses the lines between metaphor, reality and illusion and plays on space-time theories linked to the socio-political history of a place. The coir acts as both object and subject, different orientations reflecting the existential polyvalence tied to the material and humanity.
Kashi Art Gallery
Burgher Street, Fort Nagar, Kochi, Kerala
20th April – 20th May, 2018, 10am – 10pm