INDIA ART FAIR, 2024
THE STUDIO SECTION - BOOTH JO5
1-4 FEBRUARY 2024
NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi 110020
Solo Digital Presentation by Janhavi Khemka
Kolkata Centre for Creativity and Access for All.
Emami Art will showcase a solo digital presentation of interdisciplinary artist Janhavi Khemka who began her career as a printmaker, but has over recent years expanded her creative vision to include stop-motion animation, projection mapping, installations, and participatory and performance art in her creative output.
As a hearing-impaired person, she often found it difficult to verbally share her innermost feelings, impressions and reactions. Art has a transformative force in her life, enabling her to connect with the world through her hands and other senses. Khemka, with her congenitally impaired hearing, looks at the disability not as a disadvantage but as a lens through which one can see, understand and negotiate with the world in different ways. Each work expresses her unique ways of interacting with the world without acoustic sensation.
Since sound is locked out of her world, she has a particular fascination for rooms. They often appear in her prints and installations, just like the mat on which her mother had once taught her reading lips. As she creatively explores tactile memory through woodcut prints and animated mouths, a bittersweet sentiment emerges. In her works, amorphous fear takes the form of muted storms or colossal waves that can crash into her world without notice.