Hemali Bhuta

Hemali Bhuta’s work deals with the effect of time on space, through which she tries to transform the impression and identity of a space into a tangible experience. Usually drawing on her personal experiences, memories and understanding of the material, its afterlife in relation with the landscape, climate and its correlation with the body, the sacred.

Her multi-disciplinary practice is primarily concerned with the notion of an 'in-between' or 'transitory' space and the elements that contain or create such spaces. For Bhuta, 'in-between-ness' is a plane where the limitations of dimensionality do not apply and there is a possibility for transcendence. By attempting to translate one medium or form to another, her practice questions the authority that frames an interior for its own purpose.

Bhuta adopts materials that seem robust and ageless, but in fact are susceptible to disintegration over time. Her site-specific sculptural works generally lie on the floor like fossils of bygone eras, sometimes embracing their spaces, and other times destabilizing them. Through the tension between the works and the spaces they inhabit, viewers experience a state of 'in-between-ness.'

Hemali Bhuta (b. 1978) has completed her Diploma from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai and her Post Diploma from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda. She has also pursued interior designing from Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. Bhuta has exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Frieze London Sculpture Park, Parasol Unit, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, the Singapore Biennale,  Montalvo Arts Centre, Thalie Lab Foundation, Darat Al Fanun, Cultural Centre of Belgrade as well as in the travelling Indian Highway Exhibition.  She was shortlisted for the Rolex Protegee Award. 

She recently had her solo show at ‘The Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’ile de Vassiviere’,  France.

In addition to her practice as a visual artist, Bhuta is also the co-founder and programme director of CONA Foundation, an artist run space in Mumbai, India. 

 

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