Artist Pritika Chowdhry takes Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts visitors on journey back in time to the Age of Imperialism.
“Karmic (dis)Continuities” is on display through May 18 at the arts center in Fridley.
The exhibit, comprising corporeal objects made of brass, copper and iron, exposes the violence embedded in the Age of Imperialism as recurrent and ongoing cycles of violence.
“By taking a revisionist approach to historical narratives, the projects in this installation juxtapose subaltern histories with current neo-imperialist agendas,” Chowdhry said.
“The viscerality of these objects embody subaltern experiences over time, to posit connections between historical and current events, and function as a non-hegemonic, subversive archive.”
The Banfill exhibit is three installations of a larger show that deals with the violence and brutal displacement of communities worldwide brought about by border disputes and issues derived from the legacy of colonialism.
“I engage in cultural forms of memory and representations of trauma through my creative practice,” Chowdhry said. “Often the starting point of my creative projects is deep research in a particular historical event or events of contemporary significance.”
Chowdhry is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and educator. She has shown her works nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibits in the Queens Museum, New York; the Nature Morte gallery, Berlin, Germany; the Islip Art Museum, Long Island, N.Y.; the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey; the Soap Factory, Minneapolis; the Seven Art gallery, New Delhi, India; and the Rohtas gallery, Pakistan.
Born and brought up in India, Chowdhry moved to the United States in 1999.
She has a master’s in fine arts in studio arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as a master of arts in visual culture and gender studies. Chowdhry was also a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College and the College of Visual Arts.
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 763-574-1850, email [email protected] or visit www.banfill-locke.org.