Nautch Performers of Aurangabad
Print, Screen print - Acrylic-based
22 x 30 in
This artwork was added to Artious by MOUTUSHI CHAKRABORTY.
This work is part of a series titled Identity an Illusion. The characters in this image are based on an original 19th century photograph of Colonial India. To create a conundrum of identities the artist portrayed as one of these nautch women and imposed her own image through digital manipulation. In the entire series the artist is seen sometimes as a dutiful wife, mother, stage actress, vamp or a nautch girl as seen here.The objective of the artist in doing so was to question the strict identity codes of the patriarchal society that only wishes to see women as an epitome of purity, beauty and sexuality.
The character photographs of the artist in these series have been shot by Ms Rosy Potter of Wimbledon School of Art with whom the artist had collaborated.