The Indian Embassy’s exhibition “Women by Women,” featuring the work of 60 Indian women artists, presents a vision of women that goes beyond the obvious themes.
In the works displayed at the art gallery of the Royal University of Fine Arts on Street 178, women are portrayed as individuals, not as manifestations of stereotypes or social inequalities.
“There is a huge difference in the way women look at themselves from how men look at women…as either objects of voyeurism or as mothers and spouses,” Indian Ambassador Dinesh Patnaik notes in the exhibition’s program.
In Geeta Vadhera’s soft yellow-and-orange work “Conversation,” a nude woman seen from the back sits near a tree, getting ready to take on her next chapter in life.
Done by some of India’s most prominent artists, the paintings range in style from Manju Karmakar’s nearly impressionist scene “A White Spring” to Durga Kainthola’s acrylic and digital-photo portrait “I Am Also Part of History.”
The exhibition runs through Sunday.
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