Satadru is part of #TheGalleryProject. #TheGalleryProject includes artworks from 47 artists from 27 different countries. Each work reflects a unique perspective and as a whole, the exhibition series refuses to present a standardized narrative. Rather, it becomes clear that being queer means something different to each artist, whether sexually, politically, or aesthetically.
Each artist represented in the exhibition has developed their own strategies for coping with their lived realities and addressing (or not addressing) them in their art. The works displays sex, fragility, anger, courage, hope, nihilism, strength, fear, and beauty.
About the artist:
I am Satadru, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Delhi. I completed my M.F.A. in 2000 at Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India. I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of California UCSC, DANM and I did my project there in New Media Art.
My work takes shape in varying formats and it is focusing on the gender topography of South Asia.
I also did some performances in the last few years, where I was addressing Oligospermia (low sperm count), sperm donor boys and telling a grizzled epic allegory of Gynecomastia/male boobs. One of my performances is called You Have to be Macho All the Time, another one Dogmatic Gender Cosmos and another one I Offer my Body.
You can watch them here: https://vimeo.com/satadru
About the artwork:
Here I am sharing my last solo project Unseen/ [occult] that was first shown in South Korea. Some of the artworks are now part of the collection of the Schema Art Museum, South Korea.
Unseen/ [occult] talks about the folds that form on the male body; folds in male pants, folds in architectural spaces, folds in hookup spaces, dark zones (couple meeting area) and their topography as well as the sensual zones. To symbolize these topics all artworks were made with uneven, irregular and asymmetrical shapes. They show the crooked zigzag narration of sexuality.
Peeping through the Indo-Islamic Jaali (net) cutting you find a sedative poem inside the artist’s mind. The folds duplicate the meaning at the gaze of the beholder and hold the works together. Gender and sexuality are addressed with LED lights and Jaali cutting.
Inside South Asia’s social landscape there is a sensual landscape. The inner surface of Indo-Islamic architectural geometry also shows a sedative criss-cross. The combination of body-flexure, social-topography and Indo-Islamic Jaali allow the artist to understand the sensual drizzle of life. The Jaali cutting’s unusual grid is also mapping the three dimensional story telling.
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You can reach Satadru via E-Mail: satadru.sovan [at] gmail . com
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