Monday, July 19, 2010
Another Burqa Image
(Work by Vidya Kamat)
Mumbai based artist, scholar and blogger, Vidya Kamat has been working with the digital imaging of her own self in various roles and garbs in order to debate the creation of socio-political and cultural identities of a woman through an interventionist enquiry into the ritualistic and customary practices of pre-dominant religions. Keeping her own self/body as a field for facilitating various plays of power and ideology, Vidya assumes the roles of the initiated and the enlightened in certain works and at times she assumes the role of a naïve woman/girl who allows herself to be manipulated by the ritualistic acts imposed upon her by others.
Some of the works by Vidya Kamat have invited controversies and the image represented here is one of those works, which has a subtle imagery of a burqa clad woman that had to be edited out from one of her shows thanks to its potential for inviting unwarranted interpretations within the given temporal context of the show. Interestingly, when a woman artist works on the burqa image, perhaps, instinctively she goes for an ornamented representation of the veil rather than the matter of fact representations that a male artist would normally choose. In this case, one may make comparisons between the works of Rathi Devi (posted with the main article) and Vidya Kamat with the ones made by the male artists.