Kaee Contemporary presents a group show titled When the Other Stares Back featuring works by Jayashree Chakravarty, Radhika Agarwala, Sonia Mehra Chawla and Suhasini Kejriwal.
The show brings together the works of four female artists who hail from Kolkata. Their composite and layered works essay an inter-generational conversation about synthesized contaminants that impel us, governing our lifestyles. Each artist stages an encounter with non-human actants — plankton, animals, plants — that are caught up in a helpless becoming at the hand of man. Ranging from melancholic to monstrous, these becomings warn us against landscapes to come, transformed beyond recognition and grown allergic to our existence as a species. Speculative or documentary, the works are rooted within urban environments that the artists came to inhabit, exposing these seemingly civilized spaces as nested sites of multi-species cohabitation and conflict. Seduced into an inhospitable territory, the viewer is fixed and surveyed by a gaze that is utterly alien.
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