MUMBAI.- Chemould Prescott Road
presents Mithu Sens solo show in India after eight years. The gallery has been converted into a (Con)Temporary Museum and this exhibition is a preview of an (un)certain future museum show. Five instructional museum pieces will be performed under legal contractual guidelines between the artist and each visitor during the period of the exhibition.
UnMYthU seeks to (un)present the artists practice through (un)frequented modes of engagement. The tangible manifestation of the exhibition is a byproduct of twenty years of performance. This museum exhibition is an exploration of performance of identities and the spaces of inbetweenness. Especially in the context of contemporary value creation and value consumption, mythmaking as a method of identity building and the social roles we undertake and discard. Sen employs the medium of life and human experiences as the material for her performances. The resulting byproducts are physical remnants of performed identities- manifested through pre-codified cognition and sensory impulses and reactions. Sen invites visitors to co-perform and (un)myth with her, but under contractual mandatory protocol. All visitors are (un)performing with the performer(s) - together exploring the layers of their shared (con)temporary (un)realities that manifest existence(s).
Over the last two decades, Sen has performed and produced conceptual and interactive multi format byproducts which include drawing, poetry, moving images, sculptures, installations, sound and others. She constantly (un)defines concepts and their functioning with regard to acceptable modes of interactions, questioning pre-codified hierarchies that define social performance of roles, politics of tabooed identity that marks the other and the plethora of constructs that actualize human existence as a reality. Through radical hospitality, lingual anarchy, counter capitalism, (un)taboo sexuality and unmonolith identity; the artist persistently explores the void of inbetweeness, where (un)contructs dwell, waiting to be (un)realised.
She has exhibited and performed widely at museums, institutions, galleries and biennales including, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, TATE Modern, London, Queens Museum, New York, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, USA (2014), Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India, MOMAT, and Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art (2016), Japan; Peabody Essex Museum, USA, S.M.A.K Museum, Gent, Belgium, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, Art Unlimited, Basel 2016; Albertina Museum, Vienna, Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014, India, Mediations Biennale 2012, Poznań, Poland, Dhaka Art Summit 2014, Bozar Museum, Brussels, 18th Street Art Center, LA, KHOJ, New Delhi, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels, Nature Morte, Delhi and Berlin, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai and others.
She has been awarded with Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Asian Art in Drawing in 2015 and Skoda Award for Best Indian Contemporary Artist for the year 2010.
Mithu Sen lives and works in New Delhi, India. She completed her BFA and MFA (1990-1997) from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, India; and a PG Programme from the Glasgow School of Art (2000-2001), UK.
1 Museum: the utmost sanctity extended to cultural institutions; pilgrimage of the art world's highest merit
2 (un) is not non