MICHAL RAZ | VIRAJ MITHANI
Friday, 20th September - Friday, 18th October
Boomerang - the act of re-appearing or returning from a direction that is opposite. There is both a sense of familiarity and momentum to the boomerang effect - it tends to return faster, closer, and bigger. The phenomena is present on micro and macro levels of the exhibition. Revisiting the past, the exhibition is a contemporary take on ancient India’s texts and traditions of art making.
Michal Raz is an Israeli born and London based artist who has experienced India through her travels and reading about its culture. In contrast, Viraj Mithani has spent his academic career overseas, but was born and resides in Mumbai. Boomerang is a harmonious meeting point where their worksare presented side by side for the first time. Arriving at the same subjectfrom opposite experiences, both artists tackle their individual confrontations,reflections and learnings of India within their works yet stay loyal to theirstylistic trajectories.
Raz and Mithani capitalise on a bold colour palette and processes of layering to produce a body of work that might be two-dimensional in nature, yet evokea sense of fluidity and momentum. On the one hand Mithani stylisticallyrevives motifs and tales through representation, his artworks can be readlike leaflets of a book where narratives come alive. On the other hand, Razrejects narratives and playfully toys with semiotics, leaving hidden meanings, metaphors and symbols through her work. Familiar visual associations with ‘traditional India’ boomerang in front of us, but will we be able to place them?
Sneha Shah (Curaty, London)