In her solo exhibition "Garb-Age," transdisciplinary artist Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India) turns our attention towards what she describes as “(OUR) global mess,” as she scavenges trash, baggage and discarded elements,
In her solo exhibition “Garb-Age,” transdisciplinary artist Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India) turns our attention towards what she describes as “(OUR) global mess,” as she scavenges trash, baggage and discarded elements, both material and mental, imbued with meaning from science, spirituality and art.
Through a combination of photography, video, performance, sculpture and playful dialog, Borawake formulates acute questions regarding the relations between various forms of knowledge and belief, within in a post-colonial, post-global context.
“Garb-Age” is also the title of one of Borawake’s larger ongoing projects, in which discarded objects intersect with epistemology. As such, a significant element of her exhibition consists of installations made from her collection of curated garbage. Arranged as what the artist describes as “ritual landscapes,” each assemblage recounts a story of how humans have constructed interrelated systems to understand the world around them. Interacting with these curious objects may infer implications on scientific and artistic levels.
One example of such engagement is her video series “Vernacular Tableaux,” in which she invites women to assemble shrines from her collection. In the first edition, named “This Beautiful Venus Trap Earth Body,” Dutch ritual artist Eline Bochem was invited to collaborate. As Bochem builds, arranges and negotiates the found objects from Borawake’s collection, the two artists discuss the topic of divine femininity from different cultural contexts.
As a whole, Borawake’s collection of scavenged objects can be viewed as an inverted post-colonial, post-modern Wunderkammer: A vast, complex and fractured image of humanity in times of global crises. It is in this way that Borawake may move the viewer to contemplate the tiniest insect through to vast themes concerning knowledge, belief, awareness and the planetary condition.
One of Borawake’s significant creative impulses stems from her ongoing collaboration with Dutch Fluxus artist and writer Louwrien Wijers. In Borawake’s dialogical game Chaat Meets, a project she is developing under the grant Five Million Incidents an Occupation of Time by the Goethe Institute/Max Muller Bhavan New Delhi in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective, she reignites discourse around Wijers’ innovative interdisciplinary panel discussion and book Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy (1990). In Chaat Meets, Borawake uses the Indian dish Pani Puri to encourage participants to reflect and discuss ideas concerning art, science, spirituality, change and economy in times of global crisis.
In the Garb-Age, the global mess is not only material, but also mental. Borawake’s show offers a ritualistic space focusing on relations and inclusion. She takes us through the debris of ideas, concepts, beliefs and theories, that, similar to her found objects, have been discarded over time, and in an act of healing, reinterpretation and reinvention, creates something contemporary, positive and meaningful to our precarious day and age.
SHRADDHA BORAWAKA – GARB-AGE
Installation, Video, Photography, Participatory Performance
Opening: Tuesday, October 1st, 6-9pm
Duration: October 2-6, Wednesday-Sunday 2-7 and by appointment
More information: https://somos.media/gq
October 4th, 7pm.
Chaat Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy
A dialogical game, organized by the artist in cooperation with XenoEntities Network
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shraddha Borawake (1983) is a trans-disciplinary artist from Pune, India. She has a diploma from the International Center of Photography New York (’05), a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Gallatin School of Individualised Study, New York University (’12) and a Master of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem De Kooning Academy, The Netherlands (’18).
Shraddha’s practice consists of experiential research, cross-cultural pollination, tentacular facilitation and audio-visual art installations. Her collaborative projects have been conducted in cooperation with partners such as PGTI (Policy Group on Tradeswomen Issues), New York City District of Councillors -Carpenter’s Union – Women’s Division, DUMBO Arts Festival, Kinematik Dance Theatre Company, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator and Miami Dade County (USA), Raglan Arts Center New Zealand, Ruby Hall Group of Hospitals, Kirloskar Vasundhara Arts Festival, Bharat Forge, Force Motors, Nanded City, TIFA- Working Studios (Pune, IN), Kaavadi Productions Pondicherry, India Habitat Center – Visual Arts Gallery (New Delhi, IN), Witte De With Center for Contemporary Art, Erasmus University – Cultural Economics Department , Class (Rotterdam, NL) and Xeno Entities Collective (Berlin).
She is currently a artist in residence at SomoS Art House, and an “Actant”/Awardee for “Five Million Incidents, an Occupation of Time” by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective.
More information: https://somos.media/gp
1 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 6 (Sunday) 7:00 pm
SomoS Art House
Kottbusser Damm 95 10967 Berlin