Otherlands: Press Release
Janine Shroff: OTHERLANDS
Opens: December 24th 4 – 9pm, at Sitara Studio
Exhibition Continues 25-26th 12 – 9pm
Shroff’s work is figurative and occasionally surreal – utilising bright colours and humour with darker undertones. Androgynous bird characters and humans enact fantasy scenes, mostly in mundane and domestic landscapes. Her work explores a range of themes including birth, pregnancy, relationships, sexual identity and gender; from the worship of fertility, both historic and modern within the ‘Goddess’ series to the more dystopian set of both organic and mechanical in ‘the Queen’ and ‘The Breeders’. The ‘Arsonist’s Ball’ and ‘Motel’ document aspects of relationships and voyeurism while ‘Bucket Bath’ is part of a new series set in fantasy landscapes with lurking worlds hidden from us.
Janine Shroff was born in Bombay, India in 1983. She works predominantly using mixed media, acrylic and ballpoint-pens on heavy-weight paper. Her early influences were miniature paintings and late 80’s comic books like MAD magazine. She completed an M.A. with distinction at Central St. Martins College, London in 2007, following a B.A. at Camberwell College of Art. She was short-listed for the Mercury Art Prize in 2007 and has exhibited in group-shows in London at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich & The Mall Galleries at the ICA.
She has also previously collaborated with Visual Disobedience, a Mumbai based art collective. Shroff is currently working on a new set of personal works as well as collaborating with Kulture Shop, a collective of designers and illustrators in Bombay. She currently lives and works in London. This is her first solo Mumbai show.
Sitara Studio, is an independent cultural venue in the heart of Mumbai. Originally a film studio, it has hosted some of the city’s biggest music gigs, art shows, pop-up garage sales, and theatre and dance performances in the past. These include the exhibition of Burmese artists ‘Burma: Brushstrokes of a Revolution’, the Thespo theatre festival, The Manhattan Short film festival, Airplay, the city’s first aerial dance festival and gigs like Control Alt Delete 3 & 4, Oji’s warehouse party featuring UK DJs Skream and Benga and Budweiser’s MadeStage.
Ex-journalist Nikhil Hemrajani, who wrote for publications like The Times Of India, Hindustan Times and T3, runs the venue.
Opens 24th Dec 4-9pm,
Continues 25-26th Dec 2014, 12-9pm
Sitara Studio, National Engineering Compound, Garage Lane, K.G. Marg, Near Congress Bhavan, Elphinstone (W). Landmark: Opposite Indiabulls Finance Centre.
022 2422 1666, +91 98207 64306
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