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HEMA UPADHYAY: The Glass House
18th May – 2nd June 2007

Hema UPADHYAY, now well established among the new generation of Indian Contemporary Artists, will exhibit at Grosvenor Vadehra in her first solo show in London. Upadhyay’s show, entitled ‘The Glass House’, will span all three floors of Grosvenor Vadehra’s London premises in St James’s, before travelling to Italy.

In ‘The Glass House’ Hema tackles notions of migration, isolation, of a global sense of displacement, and the need to belong. In her work Dream a wish, wish a dream Hema recreates the Dharavi slum, situated in India’s financial capital Mumbai, on a 3D micro scale. In this work Hema reflects on the reality of her newly adopted city “Mumbai, where space is all but real estate, and where the landscape proliferates with duplex slums and sky-scraping monstrosities. Here, real space is built of fake concrete and fictive spaces concretise into the real.” Hema conjures up an image of a world that exists literally below the surface, mysterious and invisible, carrying suggestions of secrets and lies, romance and violence.

Other works included in the exhibition are large format watercolours that demonstrate the largely autobiographical aspect of Hema’s work. In these mixed media works Hema incorporates photographs of herself, thus becoming the visible protagonist.

Hema was awarded the 10th International Triennale-India, New Delhi in 2001. On display was her much discussed work The Nymph and the Adult which features nearly 2000 life size cockroaches seemingly running across a bare white wall. The viewer is both repulsed and yet fascinated by the horridly life-like creatures. Hema’s work draws our minds to the politically and military tense situation in the South Asian Subcontinent. One is forced to remember the myth that in the invent of nuclear holocaust these creatures may be the only living creatures to survive.

Hema’s work convincingly addresses issues that straddle the politics not only of gender and sexuality, of communalism and consumerism, but also of education in a bustling and continuously predatory urban environment.
Hema Upadhyay has exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions including: ‘The Nymph and the Adult’, ArtSpace, Sydney, Australia in 2001; ‘Have We Met?’, The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan in 2004; ‘Indian Summer’, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris in 2005; ‘Parallel Realities-Asian Art Now’, The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Blackburn Museum, Blackburn, UK in 2006. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition
Private View: Friday 18th May: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Grosvenor Vadehra: London / New Delhi


Indian Art Part I: The Moderns Revisted
Oct / Nov 2006

The opening was a huge success and we were honoured to be joined by M.F Husain for the evening who also presented us with a painting especially for the show.

Indian Art Part II Inventing / Inverting Traditions
14th Dec 06 - 14th Jan 07

Inventing / Inverting tradition is the second of a three part exhibition on Indian Art from post independence to the present day. Whereas part I focused on the Progressives, part II looks at Indian artists active from 1960s to today. Artists include Bhupen Khakhar, Jogen Chowdury and Rameshwar Broota all of whom contend with the notion of Tradition in a modern age.

INDIAN ART Part III:
Here and Now
15th February - 11th March

Here and now: Young voices from India, is the final exhibition in Grosvenor Vadehra’s three part series on Indian Art from post-independence to the present day. The series, which has featured artists from four generations, finishes with a look at 26 leading contemporary Indian Artists. The exhibition will be held at two venues, Grosvenor Vadehra, 21 Ryder Street and The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane where late night openings and events will take place.

India has witnessed the emergence of a new generation of artists. Their pioneering works have forced us to question our assumptions about Indian art as they break from tradition into new mediums and styles. At Here and Now painting and sculpture will stand side by side with photography and installation.

Artists exhibiting include: Bharati; Vasundhara Tewari Broota; Jayashree Chakravarthi; Atul Dodiya; Anju Dodiya; Subodh Gupta; Jitish Kallat; Rajnish Kaur; Bharti Kher; Valsan Kolleri; Bari Kumar; C. Mazumdar; Shibu Natesan; Prajakta Pallav; Pranati Panda; Manisha Parekh; Baiju Parthan; Sumedh Rajendran; T.V Santhosh; Mithu Sen; Thukral and Tagra; Anjum Singh; Hema Upadhyay; S. Gupta



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