Reflection of restrictions faced by women

KATHMANDU: As soon as one enters the gallery at Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre (KCAC), Jhamsikhel, the sculptors of a man and woman sitting on chairs invite the viewers inside the gallery. Most interestingly, the sculptures that symbolises the resting positions of a man and woman do not have their body parts but mere hands, legs and face. The sculptors are showcased in the first solo art exhibition by Saurganga Darshandhari, ‘A Printmaker’s Feelings’, which was inaugurated by Sri Lankan Ambassador Thosapala Hewage on February 21.

Speaking at the programme, Hewage said, “The contemporary print making has employed both the conventional and innovative concepts of arts,” adding that the artist’s creations have highlighted the traditional symbols of South Asia in a fresh outlook. Most of the art works showcased in the exhibition chiefly focused on the social status of women in Nepal and Bangladesh while some reflect the culture of the two countries. Many prints drawn with dry point and lithograph on woman symbolically portray that how women are being bounded or restricted in the societies through various taboos. “Most of my art works in the exhibition are solely based on my feelings,” said Darshandhari stressing that however, these art works reflect the condition of women in societies.

In a print titled ‘Net,’ the artist has shown the life of women being trapped in the net (social boundary) from where hardly few of them have succeeded to escape. The print depicts that a woman has get rid of the net while some more are on the way to escape from the net. ‘Cow Bell’ is another symbolic comparison of woman with cow through an installation.

Suspending several wooden ‘Cow Bells,’ the artist has symbolised that as these bells

are tied round the neck of cows to keep them in direct observation, similar is the case of women in various societies.

In some prints the artist has also incorporated the artistic pictures of Tundals.

The exhibition is on till March 10.