Pushpamala N has been called 'the most entertaining artist-iconoclast of contemporary Indian art'. In her sharp and witty work as a photo- and video-performance artist, sculptor, writer, curator and provocateur, she seeks to subvert the dominant discourse.
This project looks at the ethnographic gaze both in colonial times and in the way we look at ourselves now in independent India, treating the camera as an ethnographic tool. Women are deemed to represent the true essence of every culture and therefore the various strictures and moral codes imposed on us. So in fact the whole project is an examination of Indian culture through its iconic or stereotypical female representations, while playfully breaking and deconstructing them.