Born in New Delhi and currently based in Singapore, 20-year-old Mehrotra is concurrently pursuing a degree at LASALLE and her art practice. Much of her work is deeply personal and offers an intimate view of her reflections. This exhibition, Raw/Uncooked, explores her ideas of identity and womanhood in the context of her life as a modern young Indian woman living in cosmopolitan Singapore.
Using two simple elements – her handwriting and her name – that feels unquestionably her own, the artist questions and reflects on her identity. Writing her name over and over again with her own hand to create flowing forms, the artist asks: is her name a responsibility or a burden?
RAW/UNCOOKED: Lahu ka Lagaan (Tax on Blood)
The artist’s reflections on womanhood is filtered through the prism of society’s views on menstruation. Though this quintessentially female phenomenon is what humankind relies on to propagate itself, society judges it harshly – there is an atmosphere of shame and humiliation which is especially damaging to young women who are just starting their cycle.
In this part of the exhibition, the artist also responds to India’s implementation of GST onto a variety of goods including sanitary napkins. Before the GST implementation, only 12% of women living in India could afford sanitary napkins. It is believed that GST will render this number even lower. Ironically, items such as condoms and bindis are exempt from GST.
Reception: 7 October, from 3-5pm
Venue: SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Hours: Mon–Fri: 8AM-9.30PM; Sat–Sun: 9AM–5PM
When: 27 Sep - 28 Nov 2017,