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Body Terrains: Sunaina Bhalla

4-21 January, 2022

Nine Fish Art Gallery, The NEw Great Eastern Mills, 25–29 DR, Ambedkar Road, Byculla, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nine Fish Art Gallery presents body terrains, a solo show by Sunaina Bhalla.

The exhibition brings to the forefront the importance of the paradox of repair and decay of the human body. By reflecting on her own physical and emotional journey through breast cancer, Sunaina Bhalla draws on her autobiographical power of healing and the colours of Ayurvedic remedies. Handmade paper with golden turmeric hues creates a tensile strength, resembling taught skin, stretched over the surface of a light box. Like an x-ray image, we see fibrous thread-like structures and nerve endings pierced with needles, stitched in red and gold to signify the trauma and hope the body holds. Fragile, delicate lines hold their position like lightning bolts across the layers: the scars of time. The show also includes a collaborative quilt, hand-made by the women workforce of Thotpot, a not-for-profit organisation based in Mumbai, and designed by founder Tapan Mittal-Deshpande and Bhalla.

Find out more on the Nine Fish Art Gallery website.