Vivan Sundaram Solo Exhibition: GAGAWAKA: Making Strange

Vivan Sundaram, <i>Gagawaka: Making Strange</i>, 2010

Vivan Sundaram, Gagawaka: Making Strange, 2010

For the past 3 years alongside designer Pratima Pandey and graduates from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sundaram has created provocative “sculptural garments” in exploration of where art overlaps with fashion, culminating in the series, “Gagawaka: Making Strange.”

The garments utilize everyday items, discarded items, and recycled materials like paper cups, underwear, sanitary napkins, and rubber tubes. Based on the concept of the ready-made or found-object, Sundaram created these garments to be worn, photographed, and performed in order “to be read in completely different contexts that delight and surprise the viewer. They are playful, erotic, refined, elegant as well as exaggerated, surrealist and baroque. They play off an aesthetic of simplicity and also of excess.”

December 21 – 27, 2011
GAGAWAKA: Making Strange
Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi