Mana BSMT presents:

Maya Varadaraj: The Woman and The Machine

February 22–June 7, 2019
Public Reception: February 22, 2019, 5–10PM

Maya Varadaraj is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose family moved from the United States to Southern India shortly after she was born. Varadaraj’s work exposes the disparities of race, class, and gender in India by critiquing the traditions that enforce them. Her aesthetic vocabulary makes reference to imagery connected with Indian material culture including advertisements, popular calendar illustrations, and painted photographs.

The Woman and The Machine is an exhibition of Varadaraj’s collages and painted photographs. Varadaraj both honors and disrupts traditional Indian techniques of image making, dislodging figures from domesticity and liberating their characters from prescribed decorum. In doing so she sheds light on the increased violence towards women in India, and the complexity of womanhood universally.

(1) Maya Varadaraj, Clad in a Rich Robe Encrusted with Jewels, 2018. Ink and oil on canvas. 50 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.

(2) Maya Varadaraj, She Sat Too Long with Her Coffee, 2018. Collage, ink, and watercolor on paper. 38 x 30 in.