Mother I
    MOUTUSHI CHAKRABORTY 9:42 am on 12/11/2013
    This work is based on an original documentary photograph from early 20th century.


Mother I

Print, Screenprint + Archival pigment print + Metal powder on Cotton paper
22 x 15 in

This artwork was added to Artious by MOUTUSHI CHAKRABORTY.

About Artwork

The tradition of decorating a space or an object symbolizes its glorification. Old photographs, printed patterns - all heavily breathe of experiences of lives past.  I look within these ruins of forgotten memories, to connect and interpret the present with profundity. There is a strange magnetism that prompts me to question the past and trace its connection to the existing times. I see incidents as a chain of events…repeated, remembered and cherished.

The body, a medium most intimately entangled with the human psyche, suffices as a canvas for the allegorical expressions of life. It speaks volumes about its sociocultural inheritance. In my preference to look through historical references in the form of archival photographs, I came across images that spoke volumes about a society and its dichotomy towards its feminine gender. Photography came into existence with the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839. By 1840 successful photographs were being taken in India. The1850s saw the establishment of commercial studios in major centers around India. Around 1854, the East India Company recommended photography as an excellent mode of ethnographic documentation of colonial India. Therefore photography became a curious tool to record an entity with regard to its sociological significance and to be able to interpret its physical language through posture, gaze and attitude in facing the camera. The journey of photography in India coincided with the custom of the then prevalent purdah system for women as also their consequent empowerment over the centuries.

Mothers I and II are images reflective of each other and speak of the blossoming of physical and emotional bonding.