Armour of Weakness II


The Hole

Swarup Dutta

Armour of Weakness III

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Medium Archival giclée print (K3 ink) on 100% cotton 300gms archival paper
Height (cm) 84
Width (cm) 59
Artist Swarup Dutta
Year Created 2019

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Defiantly Blurring Stereotypical Gender Lines & Inviting Innovative Entry Points for Societal Discourse. The bodies in artist and photographer Swarup Dutta's works are androgynous and can be anything they like as they slip in and out of the shadows, their six inch heels, and lurch toward the freedom of not having to choose 'male's `female'- something the artist expertly depicts and plays with. The act of standing in your body being the gender you want is perforative as you may have too few options to choose from! The series: `Armour of Weakness' allows us to wonder in an experiential manner using photography and performance so we can vicariously enter and try out new gender roles and identities. The unique bamboo and wire frames and costumes his he conceived and works create strong shapes in his silhouettes. They were conceived by the artist and re-interpreted by a group of artisans and the result was complete flow. “I think we all are a bit of both male and female. The bodies don’t conform to type, shape and size. Issues of identity are leading to conflicts across the globe. It’s time we address these questions of identity and the problems surrounding it, be it sexual, social, political or religious, I want the mass, the very ordinary man to see my works. I want each of us to think and that’s the aim of art in any society,”

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