Hemali Bhuta

Bhuta’s work deals with the effect of time on a 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 various elements including philosophy, her works aim to articulate issues of belonging, security, individuality and change. She investigates transitory spaces and also finds a way to overcome them, through her work. Inspired by life itself and its ephemeral nature, her works have always adapted to the space in which they are exhibited. Her art draws on psychology, philosophy and mythology from various sources, and she is primarily concerned with the notion of an in-between or transitory space and elements that contain or create these spaces.

For her, in-between-ness is a plane where the limitations of dimensionality do not apply. It is a spiritual plane of endless interconnected possibilities that make up the wholeness of it all. Only when in-between-ness is understood, intuition acts to bring about the realization that separation exists only in the mind. Bhuta likes to explore this paradoxical situation - to belong to neither sides; as opposed to our constant efforts, to belong somewhere, thereby ensuring our own security. Bhuta’s work Speed Breakers was exhibited at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2012. She has been part of many group shows including Lines of Thought, Parasol Unit, London (2012), India: Art Now, Arken (2012 - 2013), Indian Highway IV, MAXXI, Rome (2011) and Indian Highway III, MAC, Lyon (2010). She was shortlisted for the Rolex Protegee Award (2010) and the New York Times (2012) highlighted her as the next rising Indian Art Star.

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

Her recent solo show includes ‘The Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’ile de Vassiviere’,  France and an upcoming residency at Aicon Gallery in New York.


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