Between the Self and the Social Designing the Feminist Space for Mother Artists
Ruchika Wason Singh
In this talk Ruchika Wason Singh will present her project A.M.M.A.A. - The Archive for Mapping Mother Artists in Asia in the context of the recently published book Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity, edited by Rachel Epp- Buller and Charles Reeve (Demeter Press, 2019). She has contributed a chapter in the book, where she is in conversation with Epp-Buller about A.M.M.A.A.
Broadly talking about the book, Ruchika will elaborate on her project which is a research initiative, mapping and making space for women artists / mothers. The talk will bring forth the designing or the structuring of the project since its inception in 2016; and how it has served to claiming a niche within the pre-ordained feminist spaces in contemporary visual art. The talk will explore the social relevance of designing beyond visual design, as an act of making new routes, finding new sites and spaces, whereby the sub-identity of the woman artist as a mother redefines the boundaries of feminist concerns.
Ruchika Wason Singh (Ph.D) is a visual artist, independent researcher and art educator based in Delhi. She holds degrees in B.F.A. and M.F.A. with painting specialisation from College of Art, New Delhi. Ruchika has been a U.G.C. Junior Research Fellow at the University of Delhi (2001-2006). Recent solo exhibitions include: Balagan in Metamorphosis & Other Stories, curated by Manuela De Leonardis, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi (2019). She has held teaching positions at College of Art, New Delhi and Ashoka University, Sonepat. Ruchika is the founder of A.M.M.A.A.- The Archive for Mapping Mother Artists in Asia.