Muscat: Omani-Indian artist Radhika Khimji’s second solo show ‘Of Place and Places’ exhibition opens on March 30 at Gallery Sarah in Muscat.
This exhibition brings together Radhika’s photographic collages and sculptural works in order to elaborate on her ongoing research into a place and places.
The photo collages form the beginning of a new series entitled, “Across the Tropic of Cancer,” based on research into the Kutchi communities of Oman, the place in India where the artist’s ancestors come from, their heritage and how they first they arrived to Oman.
In ‘Of Place and Places,’ the artist has used images of abandoned houses in Kutch, as well as street scenes in Muscat in order to explore resonances and similarities between the two places. There is a sense of lacking, of absence, in both sites, and an emptiness that is in direct contrast to the sculptures present in such close proximity within the same space.
Radhika graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 2005. Her earlier solo exhibitions include B-Sides at Nature Morte Gallery in India (2009), Safe landings at Barka Castle in Oman (2010), Found Gesture at the Katara art Center in Qatar (2012). Her work was also part of the Jogja Biennale (2013), Fragments 2 at Gallery Sarah (2014), the 4th Ghetto Biennale, Port–Au–Prince, Haiti (2015) and more recently the 6th Marrakesh Biennale, Marrakesh, Morocco (2016) and Art Dubai (2016).
Located in the historical part of Old Muscat and part of the Bait Al Zubair Museum complex, Gallery Sarah is a unique contemporary art gallery, which opened its doors in 2013.
The gallery exhibits artworks including, but not limited to paintings, graphics, calligraphy, installations, sculpture and photography. Apart from trying to create a strong connection between established and emerging Omani artists and the international art world, Gallery Sarah also supports and has an appreciation for work by a wide variety of talented Arab artists from around the Gulf and international artists.
‘Of Place and Places’ will be on display from March 30 till April 20, from 9.30 am till 6 pm, Saturday to Thursday at Gallery Sarah, in Bait Al Zubair. For more information about the artist please visit www.radhikakhimji.com and for more information about the exhibition and Gallery Sarah activities, please call 22084747 or visit the gallery’s social media pages.