Opening Reception for Padma Rajendran: Move Me With You
Move me with you is an installation consisting of dyed and printed fabric drawings selectively sewn and layered over one another to reveal layered stories, transitions, and re-telling. In this interactive installation, Padma Rajendran activates BRIC’s hallway exhibition space with a series of dyed and printed fabric works that question the after-effects of constant migration on interior and domestic life. The exhibition wall is covered from floor to ceiling by the fabric works, making the junctures of migration and homecoming visible through the storytelling in the dyed and printed scenes.
The hanging works on fabric play with levels of opacity and sheerness through layered sections of silk, polyester, and organza to reveal hidden stories to the active viewer or offer a seductive wave to the casual passerby. Textiles are essential to demarcating space and establishing identity and comfort. Throughout history, these easily transportable objects have been used to re-establish the structure and culture of home for many acknowledged nomadic tribes. This practice continues today for several unacknowledged contemporary ones. Through the question “what are we allowed to bring?” the artist touches on the convenience of material as well as the emotional meaning embedded within objects.
Padma Rajendran is a 2019-20 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.