Proximity of connection: past, present and I: Mita Chowdhury
9 December 2022 - 22 January 2023
Artist(s): Mita Chowdhury
Location: Boadle Hall
The Proximity of connection: past, present and I is the second solo exhibition by Bangladeshi-Australian visual artist, Mita Chowdhury. Connecting her present geographical and social location on Bunurong and Waddawurrung Country, Mita reflects on her sense of disconnect from the cultural landscapes of both her traditional Bangladeshi and Australian migrant-settler identities.
Working with materials carefully selected for their metaphoric meaning and cultural specificity, she paints with botanic dyes created from native leaves and wattle referencing her experiences as a migrant on Country. Mita also draws heavily on the history and the materiality of the Saree – the traditional attire of South-Asian and Bangladeshi women, reimagined in this exhibition as a canvas for her large-scale portrait painting and installation practice. Drawing figures from her heritage, memories and lived experience, Mita layers complex narratives within her paintings, speaking to universal issues of gender, diaspora, and cultural segregation.
Mita Chowdhury (Hasina Chowdhury Mita) is a multidisciplinary artist with a principal focus on painting. She was born and raised in Bangladesh and migrated to Australia in 2007 when she was in her early twenties. As a woman of colour and living within diaspora, Mita now considers herself to be a ‘Global Citizen’. She is currently working on a year-long community quilting and exhibition project called Kantha with Wyndham City Council and another year-long student quilting and exhibition project with RMIT university called ‘Weaving Our Stories together: Chapter Naarm”. Mita is the recipient of the RMIT Cultural Vision Grant Scholarship 2022 while undertaking her Masters of Fine Art at RMIT University.