About The Work
Nadira’s practice intends to reflect how economic and cultural globalization conditions our response to images and she often experiments with various pictorial media to develop a layering system in her artworks. Her multi-medium installation of tapestries, drawings, paintings, wearables, ect. cite patterns deriving from various origins, such as representations of ancient Indian gods and heroic epics, well-known cartoon characters, or objects of utility. Figures and picture codes populate the composition, sometimes in harmonious but also antagonistic relationships. Husain’s work addresses gender and other power relations, updating traditional representations to create compelling contemporary imagery.
Nadira Husains (b.1980 Paris, France) work sways between different sets of issues regarding self- reflection, reality and fiction, history and presence, canonized norms and alternative drafts. Her mainly large-format works contrast European and Eastern imagery, combining motifs that allude
to Indian miniatures (she has both French and Indian roots) with comic-like figures. She samples decorative, abstract-geometrical patterns and inspired by feminist theory, paints portraits of women whose androgynous looks confound conventional representations of gender. Her pictorial spaces also have a decidedly non-hierarchical structure, avoiding perspectives that distinguish between foreground and background, high and low cultural motifs, autonomous and decorative elements, are also treated equally.
Galerie Isa was founded by Ashwin Thadani in 2011, and has since established itself as a leading proponent of international contemporary art on the Indian subcontinent. Newly located in the iconic Kamani Chambers building in the Art Deco district of Ballard Estate on the ground floor with a sprawling space of 5000 square feet, the gallery carefully develops each exhibition as part of a cumulative curatorial endeavour, introducing its audience to the kaleidoscopic practices of today’s most dynamic artists, from emerging and mid-career, to the world-renown.
Galerie Isa’s programing is distinguished by a long-standing dialog with artists such as Michael Kunze, Gregor Hildebrandt, Louise Despont, Antonio Santin, Idris Khan, Annie Morris, Diana Al-Hadid, and Edouard Baribeaud. The gallery regularly produces scholarly catalogues and collaborates with external curators to create fascinating and thematic exhibitions. These shows have brought works from such critically acclaimed artists as Alicja Kwade, Ali Banisadr, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Secundino Hernandez and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Now in its ninth year, Galerie Isa continues to offer a unique platform to a compelling range of international figures who have already made their mark on art history and have contributed so much to the development of 21st Century Art. It is the strength of these artists’ reception in India and the region, coupled by a new vision of India within the global context, that continues to drive the gallery and Ashwin Thadani, its founder.