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mithu sen

works freemithu about connect


Making/Unmaking, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi

This installation revolved around an imaginary character called Indubala. It was an attempt to deny or confuse an object’s political, social, dictionary bound defined identity. The manipulation of self-images into another dimension and pretense of a non-existing character that has been created by the pressure/demand of  society, is a way of showing how we limit ourselves. By destroying each character and objects’ defined identity, a new identity is given birth.

Usage of absurd humor in the work made familiar situations surreal with all the manipulated caricaturist animated images open to ridicule by the audience. In a way, the humor acted as an invitation to the audience to play and interact with the suggested ideas and meanings. The characters showed the egoistic self importance rather than the individualistic self, provoking the viewer to question our values, assumptions of what constitutes our identity in our society. They potentially revealed and denied our social, emotional ,political, fundamental identities and cultural values through laughter. All the imageries and objects were interconnected with a surreal time, space, place and  basic human experiences and perception towards this ‘real’ world.

The photographic images of the portraits were all collected from artist’s travel trips to different corners of the world that became ways of
realising/ finding/discovering herself as part of her work. Old traditional Bengali novel names and surreal imaginative time period put next to each character generated a conflict between different realities. Finally, hanging them on high and low pedestal with less light created an unpredictable dramatic atmosphere.

m/Other Tongue
Be Beyond Being 2021
Until You.. 2021
Uncatharsis 2020
QR 2020
UnMansplaining 2019
Lunch is cancelled 2019
Unlockdown 2020
How to be a SUCKcessful Artist 2019
100 (un)silent ways 2019
UnMYthU: UnKIND(s) Alternatives APT9
new media
Mit i sny (Myth and Dreams)2018
Unlynching 2017
Sounding Drawing
Unline 2017
Unhome in City IF Angels 2017
We Unfinish each other 2017
I Replace You 2017
Embodied Language 2017
(Left Untold) 2016
Aphasia 2016
Return Gifts: For Sale 2016
MOU (Museum of Unbelongings)2011-2018
Kenopsia 2016
Mis(s)Guide 2016
Tongue that won’t stop wounding 2015
Once upon a sari 2015
Unwor(l)dly 2015
Ahh Taj 2011 – 2015
Nonversation 2015
Border Unseen 2014
I Am a Poet 2013 – 2014
Shop Lifting 2014
I have only one language; it is not mine 2014
No star, No land, No word, No Commitment 2004-2014
Non spinal 2007-2014
Poems Declined 2014
A ° V O I D 2014
Deafening Silence 2013
Same River Twice 2013
Artist: Unknown 2013
Cannibal Lullaby 2013
I am not me 2012
Devoid 2012
In House Adoption 2012
Twinkle Twinkle 2012
For(e)play 2011
I chew, I bite, The Unknown 2010-2011
In Transit 2011
Black Candy (Iforgotmypenisathome) 2010
No thing 2011
Unwanted 2010
Nothing lost in translation 2008
Freemithu 2007-ongoing
Abstract Cabinet 2009
Dropping Gold, Dropping Gold 2009
Me two 2009
I dig,I look down 2008
Half Full 2007
Kamdhenu 2007
Icarus 2006-2007
Indubala and her Unbelongings 2007
All that’s solid melts into air 2006
It’s good to be a queen 2006
Letters on the beach 2006
Drawing Room 2006
Ephemeral Affair 2006
Being Anastacia 2006
Spiritual materialistic 2005
Breathing 2004
Burnt by the sun 2004
Outside the war zone 2004
I hate pink 2003
Maa Jai Boluk 1998
Twilight Zone 2003
No way out 2002
Unbelongings 2001
Can we really look beyond the map 2000
Hair Unbelongings 2000-ongoing