‘Shifts’ Category

Varsha Nair: Shifts

October 31st, 2018

November 3 – December 2, 2018 
Opening Reception 3 November  2018, 6pm

 

 
 
The  contemporary  landscape  is  constantly  changing  and  being  re-defined.  As  towns  and  cities  become  gentrified  it  increases  displacement  and  heightens  a  sense  of  isolation  in  the  population.  As  long  as  a  nation  can  portray  a  happy  and  glittering  image  while  glitches  in  its  society  remain  concealed,  on  surface  all  seems  to  be  in  control.  
 
In  Shifts,  Varsha  Nair  presents  her  own,  and  collaborative  and  curated  works  that  include  mixed  media,  multimedia,  and  a  site-specific  installation,  spanning  from  2000  until  the  present. Like  layered  palimpsests,  the  video  projections,  drawings  and  photographs  address  the  illusive  “/”  space,  the  space  in-between  that  bridges  and  separates,  acting  as  a  divider  but  simultaneously  as  a  connecting  point.  Tracing  flux,  loss  and  uncertainty,  the  works  presented  here  deconstruct,  reconstruct  and  map  different  realities  both  tangible  and  abstract,  private  and  communal.
 
Explored  also  is  the  bond  between  built  spaces  and  memory  of  places  that  once  were  significant  to  people  inhabiting  them  but  now  seem  ghostly,  covered  up  or  completely  erased  and  forgotten,  becoming  blind  spots  in  contemporary  society.  Impermanence,  ephemerality,  and  transience  are evoked  to  tell  stories,  bringing  places  of  the  past  into  the  present  to  remind  and  reclaim  some  of  their  previous  integrity  and  keep  them  visible.
 
Varsha Nair was born in Kampala, Uganda, and studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda, India. Inviting multidisciplinary collaborations, her work encompasses various approaches and genres including making, writing, and organising projects, including for Womanifesto in Thailand. Varsha has lived in Thailand since 1995 and exhibited internationally including at About Cafe/Studio, Chulalongkorn Art Centre, BACC, Khoj (New Delhi), Tate Modern (London), HKW (Berlin), Art in General (New York), Lodypop (Basel).
 
She is currently invited by Lucerne School of Art to mentor Masters students and set up the Masters Dialogue Program.
 
Exhibition venues: 
>WTF Gallery 
November 3 – December 2, 2018 
Opening November 3rd, 6pm
7 Sukhumvit soi 51, 02 662 6246 
 
>Bridge Art Space. November 10, 2018 – January 13, 2019 Opening November 10th, 6pm
Charoen Krung (near Soi Charoen Krung 51), 089 666 2051 
 
www.varshanair.studio
http://monday2monday.tumblr.com/
www.ctrlp-artjournal.org
 
For more information and other inquiries, please contact Nim Niyomsin, nimniyomsin@gmail.com, 095 820 5995