"I like to imagine that I filter the world through these intricate webs of pulsating colours I've conjured in my mind"
Grosvenor Gallery is pleased to announce a solo show of paintings by Rithika Pandey (b. 1998). It is the Artist's first exhibition with Grosvenor Gallery. The exhibition runs from 7 - 29 April 2022 with an opening reception on Wednesday, 6 April from 6-8pm.
Rithika is a contemporary visual artist from Mumbai. Her nomadic practice situates her between her home in India and the UK. Her work draws from the personal, mythological, and scientific to navigate the liminal and mystical spaces within our cultural and technological entanglements. Foregrounding issues around hybridity, displacement, futurity, and femininity, her narrative worlds become sacred spaces holding events where boundaries are transgressed, and mystical transformations are imminent. These imagined worlds propose interstellar realities and futures, occupied by potent psychological tropes, elaborately dressed and inquisitive 'Bloomdidos' who speak in non-verbal metaphors, as well as other sentient beings that share a profoundly embodied relationship with each other and the space around them. Her work focuses on the nature of companionship, reclaiming agency and the possibilities of a future that goes beyond apocalypse as an endpoint, where ancestral and internalised anxieties can be unpacked to give way to softer, integrated, and symbolic ways of being.
Currently, in her practice, she is exploring ideas that centre around creation myths, wombs as thresholds/liminal space of Transformation and divine femininity that is represented as imaginary mothers, destroyers and emancipators.
In addition to the exhibition in the gallery, we will also be presenting a viewing room of Rithika's works on paper from 7 - 29 April. These will be available to view at the gallery.
Recent shows include: Body en Thrall, curated by Marcelle Joseph and Sarh Holdaway, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, UK; Hymn of Creation, ADA, Rome, 2022; Hawala, Paradise Row (Curated by Shezad Dawood), London, 2021; No Rushing for Warmth, solo show at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London 2021; A New Art World, Guts Gallery, London 2021; Trouble in Paradise, virtual show by Round them Oranges 2021; The Past is Foreign Place, solo show at Arcade Campfa, Cardiff 2021; MADE IT 2020, Virtual group show, Short Supply MCR; Barbican Arts group Trust, Artworks Open 2020, London; Drawing is dead, Studio Khirki, Delhi 2018; Art is God, The Hosting, Ann Arbour Michigan, USA 2018.