Indian Woman #Suitable Match I
Hand drawn screenprint
Edition of 22
48 x 58cm image size
Recently installed in the Hotel Zena | Washington DC
Hotel Zena is part hotel and part art gallery focused on works that celebrate women. Its powerful art collection simply titled “Her” features an array of pieces created by DC artists, from a mural of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a sequined “gown” layered in 8,000 protest buttons supporting the fight for Women’s Rights.
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This collection of hand drawn silk-screen prints are the first in a new series of paintings and works on paper by Natasha Kumar. They are observations on the cultural roles available to women in India, and their individual and collective journey to empowerment.
In #suitable match I, Indian Woman strides across pages of matrimonial adverts in search of an astrologically harmonious husband, the prize in a quest for a bride of the right caste and level of education. It’s her dharma, her duty, that she should be married. But as she is educated, she keeps her identity alight among traditional expectations and, empowered by knowledge, retains her voice and independence.