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rinse & repeat Curated by Alamelu Annamalai and Meghana Gavireddygari

107 High Street, Sugar House Island, Stratford, E15 2RB

PV: Friday, 28 June, 2024, 6 – 9PM
Open: 29th June – 3rd August 2024, Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 6PM

‘Rinse and Repeat’ brings together a group of eight Indian women artists living and working in London – Alamelu Annamalai, Meghana Gavireddygari, Shivangi Ladha, Smriti Mehra, Vasundhara Sellamuthu, Divya Sharma, Asha Vaidyanath, and Darshana Vora. Works on view include a diverse range of media including sculpture, print, painting, installation, fibre, video and performance.

The artists’ practices draw on physical and temporal distances from homeland, examining layered and intersectional aspects of identity. Annamalai reinterprets traditional art forms in a contemporary context. Gavireddygari investigates childhood memory through painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Ladha’s art navigates social, political, and ecological landscapes. Mehra utilises ethnographic research in her video practice, touching on labour and material culture. Sellamuthu explores cross-cultural hierarchies through relief paintings and sign making. As a textile artist, Sharma works with themes related to diaspora and displacement. Vaidyanath’s text and textile work archive the intangible, intrinsic, sometimes contradictory process of repetition. Vora’s conceptual work references the spatial fabric of the city – its rituals, processes and imagery.

Speaking to larger themes of place and belonging, the exhibition space is framed as an active site for collective reflection and reinterpretation. References to repetition and labour echo across works and the public programme, inviting visitors to contemplate on rhythms and cycles in everyday life.

‘Rinse and Repeat’ is supported by Hypha Studios and situated in Sugar House Island – a new canal-side neighbourhood in the heart of Stratford, East London.

Public Programme

As diasporic women artists, the group seeks to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the local community with:
‘Chai & chat’- Artist led walkthroughs to discuss home, journeys, and belonging.
‘Rooted’ – a sensory participatory tablescape with found objects that carry the essence of Asian culture in Newham e.g. food, colour, embroidery.
‘Tracing Home’ – printmaking with children and young adults utilising household objects of memory.
‘Ephemeral Kolam’ – performance followed by a workshop exploring the decorative floor art ritual practised by women. This involves drawing on the floor with rice powder in a meandering line looped around a grid of dots.

Artist Socials

@alamelu24
@meghana.art
@shivangiladhastudio
@smriti_mehra
@vasusell
@divyasharmastudio
@asha.vaidyanath
@darshanavoraartist

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Socials: @shivangiladhastudio @alamelu24 @meghana.art @vasusell @asha.vaidyanath @smriti_mehra

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