Artist Dia Mehta Bhupal is all set to showcase her art installation and photographs at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016. For the first time, Dia will be showcasing the construction of her image, the public toilet, entirely made up from repurposed material (recycled paper) at Aspinwall. And at Gujarati Warehouse, Mattanchary, she will be showcasing four photographs from the series Mind the Gap.
As an artist her work with “constructed image” largely revolves around public spaces engaging the viewer to observe, reflect and experience the basic realities. Although people are figuratively absent, what remains are images which become models of the memory, experience, and contemplation of these moments. In a world saturated with manipulated or mediated images, her work re-evaluates the potential of the photographic medium.
Talking about her participation Dia Mehta Bhupal said, “It is a privilege to be exhibiting my work at the Kochi Biennale! On multiple levels the nature of the biennale at Fort Kochi is highly participative and dynamic and engages the larger community.”
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is the largest contemporary Art Biennale in South Asia with a line- up of more than 90 artists exhibiting in heritage venues throughout Kochi. This year it is opening on December 12, 2016 and will run for 108 days, till 29 March, 2017. Indian and international artists exhibit artworks across a variety of mediums including film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art. The shows are held in existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures.
About DIA MEHTA BHUPAL
Dia, originally from Bombay, India graduated from The Parsons School of Design in New York City with a BFA in Photography. Prior to which, Dia received a Diploma in Foundation Studies from Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London. During her education and thereafter professionally, Dia focused extensively on visual arts and photography, with a particular emphasis on redefining images that are often interpreted as ‘common’ by society.
Dia’s photography stems from the unique characteristics of a place and the mysterious air of architecture and ordinary objects, inspired by her travels. Her graphic work continually captures the elegance, spirit and strength of her subject. Dia had her debut solo MIND THE GAP earlier this year at Gallery SKE. Prior to her solo Dia has participated in various exhibitions such as Guangzhou International Art Fair, Gallery BMB, September, 2010, ‘SPANDAN 4’ , Articullate Art Gallery, Mumbai April 2009, Dubai Art Fair, Gallery Project 88, March 2009, “The Miniature Format Show” , Sanstache Art Gallery, Mumbai, January 2008, Spy, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, The Museum Gallery, Mumbai, August 2007, etc.
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