Lives in Bangalore (IN), born in Bhadravati (IN).
Sheela Gowda (°1957, Bhadravati, India) lives and works in Bangalore, India. Gowda is a trained painter, but has taken a sculptural path and makes mostly three-dimensional works and installations. In her abstract sculptures, she uses material with culture-specific meanings, such as human hair, cow manure, incense and kumkuma (a natural pigment that often has a bright red colour). In addition, she works with architectural and collected materials such as wood, metal and stone.
In Gowda’s works, the emphasis is placed on the traditional production processes, displaying a clear connection between her work and the lives of ordinary people. This association takes shape in her work in textile, where she does a series of subtle interventions on existing textiles or on its process. The materials used by the artist include a traditional hand-drawn Kalamkari fabric depicting the tree of life, embroidered motifs and a cloth decorated with Indian icons from the artist's private collection.
A widely used theme in Gowda's oeuvre is the increasingly marginalised and undervalued role of women, but also how the Indian woman is defined by her work, mental obstacles and sexual abuse.
The work of Gowda cannot be classified in a distinctive style, because she is too interested in the specificity of different materials, work processes and places. Despite this inability to categorise her work, we can say that drawing is a constant and important tool for approaching her conceptual work from various angles.
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Textiles – Art and the So...
10 September 2009 - 03 January 2010.
*Textiles Art and the Social Fabric* is an exhibition of artist who use textiles materials or related concepts, tapping this medium’s potenti
Superdemocracy – The Sen...
01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.
The exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY engages with the collections of M HKA (Antwerp) and BPS22 (Charleroi). The exhibitions allows the voices of ind
When Faith Moves Mountains
17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.
This project was set up differently from a classic exhibition; the working method was rather activist, whereby a 'coalition of the willing' s
Worth Fighting For
14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.
Worth Fighting For The Ukrainian fight is about the survival of a nation and its right to exist – politically, militarily, econom
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M HKA acquired the SANTHAL FAMILY ensemble on the occasion of the exhibition Santhal Family: Positions Around an Indian Sculpture in 2008. W
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
SUPERDEMOCATIE / SUPERDEM...
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