Type: Event
Location: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills
City: Hyderabad
Date: Wed, 2013/03/06 – 6:30pm
Price: Open to all
Category: Exhibition




Paintings, Sculptures, Installation & Performance by DIMPLE B SHAH

(Part of Women’s March 2013)


Preview: Wednesday, 6th March at 6.30 pm


Venue: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad


Alliance Française of Hyderabad and Kalakriti Art Gallery, in association with AGS Four Winds

and Pitars invites you to the opening of ‘Katharsis in Forbidden Zones’, a solo show by Dimple B



Purification and healing process in various mediums is the base in Dimple B Shah’s solo show

‘Katharsis in Forbidden Zones’. The idea is to bring the effect of these elements and by studying

them in various aspects like psychological, sociological, ecological and philosophical ways to

understand society and self. Her performances deal with social issues in a theatrical expression,

along with a video installation.


The works in this exhibition represent, epitomise and evoke various alchemical substances to

suggest a precise examination of their properties, the laboratory paraphernalia alluding to

different stages of purification and transformation, while a host of more or less ordinary objects

link the findings of the quasi-science and modern scholarship with the character of our reality,

human imperfections or impurities as well as hope and ideals. The large canvases deal with

the basic classical metals of alchemy in a manner that binds them with and lets them disclose

rudimentary qualities of the human disposition. The artist begins from a position of neutral

objectivity and in the centre of the paintings places a researcher’s table whose frontal position in

vanishing point perspective seems to display it clearly to the viewer. The table covered by white

cloth introduces the sense of an old-fashioned study but with a tinge of domestic interior. The

vessels for chemical experiments and a profusion of other objects demonstrate their nature and

connections at various planes. With the help of the titles one can grasp some of the content,

whereas, indeed, like in the obscure science of alchemy, the specific, often complex relationships

between motifs necessitate detailed elucidation. On longer scrutiny, the objects arranged so

as to indicate their condition begin to stir responding to one another. As one recalls the words

denoting energy, flow and spirit that recur in Dimple’s drawings, the items on the table top

which usually include devices that heat substances contained in glass retorts appear to enact

self-presentation and transformation, like performers explaining themselves to the attentive

audience. The sense of a nearly theatrical scene is enhanced by the large format of the paintings

that invite an immediate, static focus from the spectator. The precise, sparing realism of the

rendering here aims at lucid objectivity, and yet an imperceptive mood of enigmatic, fragile

transmutation emerges with the glossy translucence of the glass tubes, beaked containers,

smooth bowls and globes, etc. The atmosphere gains an eerie note spreading into the saturated,


murky backgrounds that conjure an endless landscape engulfing the sky merged with the ground

over an expanse of flatness and indistinct depth, its darkness not relieved by the tonalities of

ominous, muted radiance conjuring a somewhat surrealistic impact. The intuition of the real and

the subconscious blends then, as a home interior contrasts as well as blends with the external

space indicative of its cosmic dimensions, the artist considering her theme at the same time on

the micro and macro scale, at the personal and social or all-encompassing levels.


Extract from Ms. Marta Jakimowicz’s essay for Dimple B Shah’s solo show ‘Katharsis in a

forbidden zones’ at Gallery Sumukha in 2010.


About the Artist


Dimple B Shah obtained her Diploma in Painting from KEN School of Arts, Bangalore in 1998,

and Post Diploma in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts MS University of Baroda in 2001.

In the year 2006 Dimple went to Glasgow Print studio to get further training in Printmaking,

Glasgow, UK. Dimple was awarded the First Gold Prix in 7th Engraving Biennale, Versailles,

France in 2009, and National award from Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh. She was also awarded

the Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award, UK in 2005, and Junior Research Fellowship by

Department of Culture, Government of India during 2000-2002.


Dimple, in the very beginning of her art practice, went on to experiment on variety of

media. Her works comprises of Painting, Printmaking, Sculptures, Installations, Video and

Performance Art. Her recent performance include ‘RIP (Rest in Peace)’, Sethu Sundaram

Project, Bangalore; ‘Dual Paradox’, Rasa Art Gallery, Bangalore; ‘Milk, Melancholy and Me’,

Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore, and, ‘One in Hundred years’, NGMA, Mumbai.


Dimple’s solo works has been showcased at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Gallery III, Glasgow

Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland; Central Park, Bangalore, and Gallery Akkruti, Bangalore. Apart

from these her works were featured in several group exhibitions, includes, ‘Cross Border

Constellations’, Theertha, IAC, Srilanka; 1st United Art Fair, New Delhi; National Awardees show,

Central Lalit Kala Academy, Bhubaneswar; 7th Engraving Biennale, Versailles, France; ‘Present

and Future, NGMA, Mumbai, to name a few.


On view until 13 March 2013, 11am -7pm

Opening on Wed, 6th March at 6.30pm till 13th March at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Open to all