Sharmila Samant | the artist
The artist Sharmila Samant
Born 1967, Bombay, India.
Lives and works in Mumbai, .
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Indian artist, Sharmila Samant, was born in Mumbai where she currently lives and works. Her work deals with issues of globalisation, identity and consumer culture. She spent four years in Europe from 1998 when she was resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and in London at Gasworks. The experience of transition and being an outsider sharpened her position as an artist who offers a powerful critique on the market forces that define cultural practices of peripheral nations…
accompanying the work is ‘sounds of the silenced’ in which barrels for seed storage have been collected from across india. these empty containers act as resonance chambers in which a soundscape of women can be heard singing while planting and harvesting in the fields. the last element of the overall installation is ‘gilt’ which will be an auction of rice sculptures held on september 6, 2008. money raised will be donated to the victims of suicides which have been a result of crop failures and shortage of seeds for harvesting…
Artist Spotlight: Sharmila Samant
Alongside Sharmila Samant’s widely exhibited Handmade saree (1999) fabricated from Coca-cola bottle caps, during Shanghai Contemporary, in the curated section, called, "Best of Discoveries," Samant presented her ‘custom-made’ sarees at her booth from a preset list of patterns and bottlecap options…