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Mandali: India and the World | Charuka Arora

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 2:58pm

When: September 8, 2020

Contributing artist Charuka Arora discusses her work and the affect of Covid-19 from her studio in New Dehli, India.

This exhibit is in partnership with the Rasa Festival and Akshara.

Artist Statement:

Born and brought up in a small town (Agra, India). I was very early in my life introduced to the concept of female identity and a miss of it. Hence, my works are a symphony of an urban woman’s (often myself) quest for her identity and the emotional and psychological impact of it on her life.

I create mosaics and compositions journaling these thoughts especially in context to contemporary issues like gender, sexuality, and environment that play a predominant role in the shaping of the women of today and tomorrow. To further my practice, I am also keen on exploring these issues with a common thread that runs through different cultures, geography, and religions, as well as its impact on women across the globe.

I adorn my works with ornaments and embellishments. They have become an important part of my process. 

My painting and collage works explore these concepts while featuring a play of nature itself and narrating its voice. Each piece can be seen as a scene that invites the viewer to stitch together their own narratives, drawing on personal experience and generating their own meanings. I've created a body of work that is visually linked to the shaping of our future through an often missing voice - the voice of a woman.

Universe's Muse
Charuka Arora “Universe’s Muse”, collage, pearls and pen on paper, 8.7”x11.5”, 2020



Charuka Arora “Kingcess”, pearls and pen on paper, 8.7”x11.5”, 2020















































More of Charuka Arora's work can be found on her website and social media accounts: instagram and facebook.






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September 8, 2020

Length: 00:04:48

Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)

Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library