The Works of Sangita Maity, Shruti Mahajan, and Kushala Vora Dive into the Research, Processes, and Structures of our Material Preoccupations

The exhibition will be on display from December 6, 2019 – January 8, 2020 at the Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi.


Kushala Vora, Lost Forest, 2018

Shrine Empire are presenting the works of Sangita Maity, Shruti Mahajan, and Kushala Vora, whose practices are interesting for divergent reasons. On view will be a significant body of work from their ongoing series of works that throw light on their research, formal explorations and material preoccupations.


Sangita Maity, Making of a Conditional Barren Land

Sangita Maity’s work with soil and iron sheets reflect her ongoing, extensive research-based practice in the district of Keonjhar, Orissa where lies one of the largest deposits of iron ore in the country. The materials function as found objects in Maity’s work as she inscribes telling tales of the conditions of labour and erosion of identities in the region while evoking its landscape.

Sangita Maity lives and works in Kolkata, West Bengal. She has graduated and post-graduated in Printmaking from Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Sangita has received Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, 2018-2019 and the CIMA Jury Award, 2015. She has participated in Khoj Peers Residency 2014 at Khoj Artists Association in New Delhi. She receives the Society of Oriental Art Award in 2010 and Certificate of Merit in Students’ Annual Exhibition in 2012 & 2013. Her work has been exhibited across India.


Shruti Mahajan, Lakeer, 2017

Shruti Mahajan has been interested in precarious structures and through them, has lived lives that navigate liminal and transient spaces, including but not limited to the border regions. Through material and media that suggest the fragility of these archives that emerge and dissipate — envelopes, inland letters, cardboard structures — she enters the fraught domain of identity and memory.

Shruti Mahajan is a visual artist based in Hyderabad and has studied painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda and Textile Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has been a recipient of Nasreen Mohammadi scholarship in the year 2000. She was invited for an artist in residency program by the Kunststiftung NRW art foundation in Cologne in 2010 and Studio Höherweg 271 in Düsseldorf in 2012 respectively. Shruti has shown her works in both India and Germany.


Kushala Vora, Glyphs of a Temporal Landscape, 2018

Kushala Vora’s experiments with ceramic through textured and durational processes are mimetic of the forest’s rhythms, its cumulative relationship with time; a sensibility that has been eroded in the developmental, civilizational logic. Her works on view here reveals her process, which explores alternative possibilities away from empirical, standardized approaches.

Kushala Vora is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Chicago, USA and Panchgani, India. Kushala received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art History and Curatorial Studies from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, and Søndre Green Farm. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, UK and the USA, among other places.


Sangita Maity, Making of a Conditional Barren Land, 2019 (set of 10)