A solo art exhibition titled, Vinima in Bangladesh, was inaugurated recently at Britto Arts Trust in Green Road, Dhaka. The exhibition is showcasing artifacts by Indian sculptor Vinima Gulati.
Britto Arts Trust is a non-profit artist’s collective, which was initiated in 2002. It has simplified a number of national and international large and small scale projects, exhibitions, seminars, residencies, and workshops with practitioners from home and abroad. Britto is a part of the worldwide triangle network.
Vinima Gulati is an Indian sculptor who recently came to Bangladesh. Her artifacts at the exhibition are made of wool. She made many female chests (breasts) from wool, in various shapes, sizes, and colours.
“In South Asia, the practice of seclusion and veiling of women is known as purdah. Women veil and seclude themselves before men, particularly in Pakistan, Northern India and Bangladesh. Veiling and seclusion are customs shared by both Hindus and Muslims in these zones, but they are used in each community for different social purposes,” explained Vinima. “Purdah, which literally means curtain, refers to the physical segregation of the living space, as well as the covering of the body and face. In this body of work, I collaborated with a group of women from lower income groups of Delhi to produce crochet works, which were produced in public spaces. But such subjects have a lot of privacy attached to them and are often considered taboo.” Through her work, Vinima aims to show that that breasts are just a part of the female body. Her project is a movement against the objectification of women.
The exhibition concludes today, and is open to all from 3 pm to 8 pm.