26 Aug '11, 10am

[INTERVIEW] Chila Kumari Burman's work is inspired by Asian femininity, her personal family history and ice-cream: #art

Using effervescent colors like a Bollywood film mural is one of your trademarks. How do you address the traditional notions of quite a myopic and chauvinistic Bollywood cinema? Yes, the gender roles in Bollywood films are often fixed but you have to think about the function of them, which is to raise the morale of thousands of poor people who have very little to look forward to. The fairytale romance of the prince and princess is sociologically important. My work references the glitz, glamour and iconicity of Bollywood but from there on the similarities depart—my work subverts and problematizes simplistic representations of identity and gender. Your work incorporates a lot of your personal experiences… My work may start from the self but in the process of making, it departs to explore broader issues about post-colonialist identity. Although I use images and artifacts that ...

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