Hinterlands | Mani Kambo

Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2022M
Publication Date 27 Oct 2022

Mani Kambo explores the inner spirit by drawing personal symbols, influenced by her upbringing in a Sikh household filled with superstition, prayer and religious ceremony. Her use of textile, fabric dying and printmaking is rooted in Kambo’s family history within the caste system. Her work investigates everyday and mythological objects, routines and rituals.

Kambo states that she defines narratives through words and captures them within her drawings, using pictorial language as a method for representing histories, mythology, the everyday and the future. Using this language, she produces sacred totems featuring symbols and shapes that weave together dreamscapes and portals to other realms.

Kambo presents a series of newly produced banners, which stand as emblems of a tribe, clan, lineage or collective group. They are reminiscent of historical processions and parades in which they could have been deployed. Within the banners, symbols connect the human form to multiple cosmologies. Hands are often present within Kambo's works, representing the mother, the protector.

Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Mani Kambo
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords BALTIC Level 3: Art Space, Ecosystems, Landscapes, Care, Mythology, Folklore, more than human relationships, Custodianship, superstition, Symbolism, pictoral language
Related Cities/Regions North East (of England), Gateshead
Related Event Hinterlands (22 October 2022 – 30 April 2023)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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