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EXHIBITION “Presence in Absence” A solo show in Mixed Media Works by Priya Ravish Mehra at Gallery Threshold, C-221, Sarvodaya Enclave > 26th March to 30th April 2017

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Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Sundays by appointment only) Add to Calendar 26/03/2017 11:00 30/04/2017 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION “Presence in Absence” A solo show in Mixed Media Works by Priya Ravish Mehra Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/03/exhibition-presence-in-absence-solo.html Gallery Threshold, C-221, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi - 110017 DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Free

Venue : Gallery Threshold, C-221, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi - 110017
Landmark : Opposite Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
Venue Info : Events | About | Map Nearest Metro Station - 'Hauz Khas(Yellow Line)'

Event Description : “Presence in Absence” A solo show in Mixed Media Works by Priya Ravish Mehra.

Mehra’s long-term engagement with the art of Rafoogari, traditional darning, forms the basis of her practice. Over the years the central concern is on preserving and repairing – what the artist describes as a ‘symbolic reaffirmation of the place and significance of the act of repair in the fabric of life itself’.  The body of works on exhibit are very recent – done from 2014 onwards – where the artist combines natural fibres from paper and from cloth, using natural dyes. In this symbiotic enunciation of ‘fabric’, ‘cloth’ fibres disappear into paper / ‘paper’ fibres vanish into cloth; they fully inhabit, host, embed, render and ultimately subsume each other. A new morphology is distilled, and the particular variables that constitute material duality are reimaged as a unity.

The famed textile artist Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, while speaking of the works in the exhibition, writes: “These works invoke notions of salvaging, repairing, and restoring—meanings that arise from an act of contemplation—the seeing of intrinsic worth in what is usually perceived as residual, as a remnant, and denigrated as less-than. Such discernment of inherent value then elicits the subjugated worth—transmuting and revivifying, affirming and honouring it. Thus Priya succeeds in expanding our understanding of the intricate order of things—acknowledging perfection in apparent imperfection, and identifying presence in seeming absence.”

About the artist : Priya Ravish Mehra is a Fine Arts graduate (Textiles) of Visvabharti University, Santiniketan, West Bengal. She studied tapestry weaving at the Royal College of Arts, London and the West Dean College, Sussex (UK) under the aegis of the Commonwealth Fellowship and Charles Wallace Trust (India) Scholarship. She was a primary research consultant in Bihar and Gujarat for the ‘Saris of India Project’, sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles. Priya’s work has been featured as solo exhibitions, including at the British Council, Delhi (1993), Commonwealth Institute, London (1994), Harley Gallery, Nottingham (1994), Eicher Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Delhi  and Mumbai (1997) and Gallery Fernando Vilchis, Institueo de Artes Plasticas, Xalapa (2016). She has participated in group shows: ‘Weavers of the Pacific Rimʼ, Taumata Art Gallery, Auckland (1993), ‘Palash’, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi(1997), ‘Dedicated to Mother Earth’, British Council, New Delhi (1999), 10th International Triennial of Tapestries, Lodz (2001), ‘Resonance’, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi (2005), ‘Threads’, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi (2014) and ‘Poetics of Plurality’, Site Art Space, Vadodra Gallery, New Delhi (2016). 'Evidence Room', Khoj, International Artist Association, Delhi (2017)

Some small instances from Priya Ravish Mehra’s long-standing research with the Rafoogars of Najibabad and Kashmir will be part of an FICA exhibition project titled C 13, that opens 15 April 2017at C 13, Pamposh Enclave, New Delhi. We will update you soon on this exhibition. 

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