Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi inaugurate acclaimed artist Seema Kohli’s show, ‘What A Body Remembers,’ at Tao Art Gallery
What: Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi inaugurate acclaimed artist Seema Kohli’s show, ‘What A Body Remembers,’ at Tao Art Gallery
When: Wednesday, April 4
Where: Tao Art Gallery, Worli, Mumbai.
Timing: 7 pm onwards
All roads led to Tao Art Gallery on a balmy Wednesday evening for acclaimed artist, Seema Kohli’s solo show, ‘What A Body Remembers.’ Owner Kalpana Shah and her daughter, Sanjana Shah were all smiles at the smashing turn out.
The show was inaugurated by the captivating couple, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. Javed ji was in awe of the works and even stood before a painting for over 15 minutes, admiring it and understanding it. He addressed the crowd with an eloquent poem on his famed, ‘Waqt,’ and then said that, ‘Seema’s work are complex and breath takingly beautiful and one would need to stand here for hours to decipher it. It’s like the painting was guiding her and not the other way round, it is lovely to see such complex art, that tells stories and engages you and we wish her all the best.” Shabana Azmi who looked resplendent in her white outfit was all smiles and praises for Seema’s work as well.
The show was attended by Bina Aziz, Brinda Miller, Poonam Aggarwal, Samir Mondal, Alfaz Miller, Vivek Sharma and many more.
Born in 1960, for Seema, her art is a philosophical engagement with the enquiry of life. She is one of the celebrated Indian women artists who have through the visual language of art tried to grasp the metaphysical truth of existence and the cosmic energy that is responsible for all creation.
In the new body of works at Tao Art Gallery titled, ‘What A Body Remembers,’ Seema remains committed to the idea of feminine energies but has a self-reflexive turn and ask what relationship is established with her works. She presents 35 zinc plate etchings on paper titled Memoirs. These are a collection of works done over a period of several years. Her memories while growing up, the images, objects, environment and people which influenced her.
The current exhibition traverses some of the most significant cusps of Seema’s journey, of which Hiranyagarbha (The Golden Womb) set her off on a journey where she moved away from flawed, limiting labels of feminism (in its Western construct as being obstructionist) to declare the universe as female, the womb of all creation, the seed of birth, the dot into which everything converges.
All in all, an amazing art filled evening!