Artist Soghra Khurasani on why her paintings are filled with passion and protest.
She may come across as shy, even soft-spoken, but when it comes to her art, Soghra Khurasani is anything but. The Vadodara-based artist, who is exhibiting her third solo work, Cratered Fiction, at InKo Centre, is vociferous with her woodcut prints on papera��they are almost like emotional outbursts, depicting her frustration at how society treats personal freedom and womena��s rights. a�?Every day we see how women are being treateda��the violence, the discrimination. But they do so much, they give their bodies for the next generation; we need to give them respect,a�? says Khurasani, speaking to me from Khoj, where she is participating in an Indo-Iranian residency and experimenting with photography. a�?When I give expression to my thoughts, the way I handle my tools is quite hard. And I find it easier to let it all out on wood,a�? she says, adding it takes her over a month to make one woodcut print.
While her first two solo projects came out in the aftermath of the Delhi rapea��where she used the violence of volcanoes to portray turmoila��her latest is a more cathartic one. The craters show what happens after the a�?eruptionsa�?, the more silent protests and the change that can come from giving women equal voices. a�?I have so many colours in my studio, but I gravitate towards reds and pinks as they denote passion,a�? says the 32-year-old, who will also be displaying her wood blocks, so people can get a better idea of how she works. Organised as part of Emerging Frame, InKoa��s arts-in-partnership initiative with select galleries across India, this exhibition is with Mumbaia��s Tarq Gallery.
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