LondonSuchitra Mattai: Monster
Unit London presents a solo exhibition from Suchitra Mattai, titled Monster and curated by Rebecca Hart. For her debuting exhibition at the gallery Mattai employs memory, myth and fantasy to unravel historical narratives and shine a light on the struggles of those affected by social and cultural bias.
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In her multidisciplinary practice Mattai works with textile installation, tapestry, cutout and portraiture as a way to visualise the multiple cultural spheres that she inhabits as an artist of Indo-Caribbean descent. In this exhibition, Mattai explores the way in which society alienates immigrants and people with a mental illness, by “monstering” them.
“For Suchitra Mattai, memory, myth, and fantasy provide a platform to explore lived experience in all of its rich guises. She confronts biases by naming them and opening a visual and conceptual arena where she creates a spectacle that lodges in our psyches. She invites us to explore our own monsters, especially how we are involved with othering and mental health metrics. Her Indo-Caribbean heritage and feminist position inform choices for materials and symbols that resonate deeply, inviting empathetic identification with her subject, the monstrous.”
– Curator, Rebecca Hart, previously Modern and Contemporary Art Curator of the Denver Art Museum
Courtesy of the artist and Unit London