Anju’s dressing room

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Mar 31 2019

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Category: Asia, India

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Anju Dodiya had a whole series of works at the KMB 2018, that have a little photo of herself at the centre, almost like a selfie. The Biennale guidebook tells us: “In the ambience of an actor’s dressing room, with its row of double lights, the viewer encounters the artist/protagonist as a calm individual traversing the world”, in particular the world of art. She doesn’t tell us in front of which art works she has portrayed herself. That is for us to make out.

Two examples.
In one photo we see her in front of Gustave Courbet’s iconic painting “L’Origine du Monde” (The Origin of the World).

In another one she stands in front of what I recognized as the centre part of a big tapestry by Goshka Macuga. The tapestry had impressed me when I saw it first in 2012 at the dOCUMENTA in Kassel. In next week’s post I will happily show and tell a bit more of this work of art.

Photos of the week: Anju Dodiya, Rehearsal for an Acopalypse, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, Kerala, India

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