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Gauri Gill, Mark on the Wall

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Gauri Gill, Mark on the Wall

Gauri Gill is someone whose work talks of her being a woman, but in a good way. It is heartening to see her photos, and your heart often breaks with the reality she brings forth so honestly, imaging often screaming silence.

She is bringing a new show to Mumbai’s Mirchandani and Stienruecke, Mark on the Wall, where she documents documentation, marking the marks of man, and writing new histories with this.

Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, Fields of Sight

The exhibition comprises three individual bodies of work. The first- a new set of photo-paintings from Fields of Sight (2014-16): a collaboration between Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, from the Ganjad, Dahanu, an adivasi village in coastal Maharashtra. The photographs seem to have an extraterrestrial depth to them, and are also mostly unique prints.

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In Places, Traces (2016), Gill shows as yet unseen work from Notes from the Desert, her ongoing archive of images from rural Rajasthan, which began in 1999. This set of pictures from Barmer and Bikaner districts considers signs or marks impressed onto the landscape by ‘the human hand’, in frames marked by the corporeal absence of humans themselves.

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The third and last body of work The Mark on the Wall (2016) lends its title to the current exhibition. Here Gill documents drawings made by local artists, children and teachers in government schools in Western Rajasthan under the now lapsed Leher Kaksha scheme, initiated by the state to help children learn visually from the walls in their classrooms.

Gauri Gill, Mark on the Wall
15 April  – 30 June, 2016
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001 

 Photo Credit: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

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