Pragati Dalvi Jain’s show, featuring still, mobile and interactive art works, commences in Bengaluru


Where Pragati Dalvi Jain becomes a part of her own art

Where Pragati Dalvi Jain becomes a part of her own art. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Pragati Dalvi Jain was born in Indore, studied in Mumbai and made Bengaluru her home after marriage. She is interested in capturing and portraying the activities around her through art. “It could be on a canvas, a mobile or interactive task.”

His solo show, Shapes of Unseen Voices, opens March 2. “It's been over a decade since I started working around women and empowerment.” Work involves domestic help. “The show reflects how women and elders of my generation view him. Are they visible, invisible or are they somewhere in the unknown?”

Pragati says that Shapes of Unseen Voices is also about a change in perceptions. “We pay attention to our domestic workers, their lives, routines and the time they come to our homes only when they work for us. Otherwise we have nothing to do with them or these ideas.'' The 39-year-old artist holds Bachelor in Fine Arts (2007) and Master in Fine Arts Painting (2009) degrees from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai.

Over the past decade, Pragati has been a part of several solo and group exhibitions in India and abroad, in addition to being a Visiting Artist Fellow (2020-21) at Harvard University, Cambridge. She has participated in a long-term performance workshop at the Marina Abramovic Institute Greece in August 2022.

Shaped by Invisible Voices, Progress tells about the center of his recent multidisciplinary works, which include conceptual and performative photographs, sculpture and video installation, a live performance, and painting.

Pragati is a keen observer and says she observes people's facial and body expressions in public and intimate places. “I connect them to abstract emotions reflected through body language.”

Curated by Nalini S. Malviya, the show will showcase a work titled 'Can't Remember Love'. “It is an intensely performance piece that explores love as an emotion, its layers and complexities, and its reciprocity or lack thereof. Interacting with a mannequin and attempting to elicit a response – expectation and rejection form the climax of the interaction, which defines the overall nature of the relationship.

From the series 'Can't Remember Love'

From the series 'Pyaar Yaad Nahi Aa Raha' Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The show opens with a performance piece, 'The Chase', a collaboration with senior textile designer, Jayshree Poddar. “We move in opposite directions along the infinite loop at our own pace. She is 67 years old and our actions leave the audience wondering whether she is chasing youth or I am chasing her intelligence. “It shows that we are all on a quest of some kind.”

Pragati explains that performance pieces differ from performance arts because they are conceptual. This is unexpected and so is the reaction. It involves an interaction with the audience that I may know the beginning but not the end.”

Shapes of Unseen Voices is at Chitrakala Parishad from March 2 to 6 between 11 am and 7 pm.

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