On Gender Constructs: Society, Women, Identity, Seclusion and Liberation – Students’ Biennale•4th Edition

On Gender Constructs: Society, Women, Identity, Seclusion and Liberation

Vidya, Helna and Trishla explore the nuances of gender at home, society and the nation. Vidya through her black, voluptuous, soft sculptural objects condemn the unauthorized censorship of women’s freedom of choice and conduct in their private and public life. These objects denote the socially imposed rules unknown scripted by the dominant male hierarchy to curb women and their identity. Bodies are covered in black polythene and contrastingly embroidered with golden thread. The double edge of concealing and adorning to satisfy the male gaze is questioned here. Bodies are also wrapped in black and scorched denoting the domestic violence women face and speak not of. Helna, to the contrary, carves on plane wood, makes relief images of young women and colours them vividly. In her works women are mostly reclining and daydreaming, perhaps easing the tensions of a possible family life, child-bearing and other obligations women are compelled to. Helna seeks freedom and an air of liberty which she achieves through her works where she is not bothered by the serious, high pedestal art, but rather prefers to express through kitsch images. Trishla constructs things that may seem like miniature architectural models but are in fact the interiors of a woman’s imagination where walls transmute to planes of thoughts and open to chambers of unrestricted imagination. Suggestions of branching trees and roots in her drawings extend and expand the notion of liberation from seclusion.

Helna Merin Joseph

S.N. School, University of Hyderabad

Betty Bought Some Bit Of Bitter Butter. 2021. Wooden Relief Installation. Variable
Betty Bought Some Bit Of Bitter Butter. 2021. Wooden Relief Installation|Variable
Kupamanduka (Frog in the well). 2019. Acrylic on Wood. 67cm x 55 cm
Asleep. 2016. Acrylic on wood. 30 cm x 30 cm
Solitude. 2017. Acrylic on wood. 30 cm x 30 cm
Unknown the Explorer. 2021. Acrylic on wood. 20 cm x 20 cm
Return Journey. 2018. Acrylic on wood. 150 cm x 30 cm
Perfectly Unbalanced. 2020. Acrylic on wood. 150 cm x 45 cm x 8 cm
I’m not sleeping. 2019. Acrylic on wood. 80 cm x 30 cm
Question Marks. 2017. Acrylic on wood. 30 cm x 60 cm
Searching. 2020. Acrylic on wood. 75 cm x 25 cm
Another World. 2018. Acrylic on wood. 70 cm x 25 cm
Looking for something. 2020. Acrylic on wood. 56 cm x 23 cm
Secured Matter. 2018. Acrylic on wood. 23 cm x 43 cm
Rejoiced. 2018. Acrylic on wood. 43 cm x 23 cm

S. Trishla Jain

S.N. School, University of Hyderabad

In Conjunction. 2020. Watercolour, gouache and pigments on paper. 10″ x 20″
Constrained. 2020. Watercolour, gouache and pigments on paper. 12″ x 16.5″
 
Reaching out. 2020. Watercolour, gouache, ink, pigments on paper. 12″ x 16.5″
Coexistence. 2020. Watercolour, gouache, ink, pigments on paper. 16.5″ x 12″

Vidya Chauhan

S.N. School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad

Modern Fairy Tale (series 2- detail). 2020. Black polybag, Golden Silk Thread, Wire Mesh. Duration: 45 seconds