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Mequitta Ahuja, Encounters

BravinLee Programs
526 West 26th Street, #211, 212-462-4404
April 27 - June 2, 2007
Reception: Friday, April 27, 6 - 8 PM
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Mequitta Ahuja’s work is charged with issues of personal and ethnic identity. Both African American and East Indian, her formally hybrid works embody her multiple cultural positions. As Mequitta says, she views “the position of the margin as a creative opportunity, which is my response to my own social lack of fit.” The figures in her works operate from the same position. Mequitta’s emblematic images of the individual, often the artist herself, laboring, roaming, imagining, and presenting herself in her own terms, depict identity as a real, mythic, and metaphoric concern. Expressed through imagery of the human in relation to and merging with animals and the land, the artist explores the notion of the hybrid or non-autonomous being. Her works are images of culturally complex female power and authority in tension with an alienating social position. They speak to the process of racialization and explore ideas of identity, ethnic belonging, and societal perception of race and color.
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