The Scent of Rice by Ishita Chakraborty

11. June – 07. JULY 2023

opening 11. JUNE 12:00H

The art of Ishita Chakraborty (1989) is a medium that helps people resist the stories told about them. Her focus lies on migration and related themes such as displacement, trauma, colonialism, language, oral tradition, and identity. Through various mediums including drawings, installations, poetry, performance, sound, and sculpture, she gives voice to those who are often unheard. The heritage of food and its impact on the current state of society are essential aspects of her artistic approach. In 2021, she completed an MFA in Art and Media at the Zurich University of the Arts.

"The Scent of Rice" delves into the evocative works of Chakraborty, encompassing scratched drawings, installations, poetry, video, and sound. Within this artistic realm, traces of displacement and the traumas of colonialism find expression, interwoven with the complexities of language and identity.Chakraborty's creations explore the strategies and discourses of resistance narrated by individuals, weaving together micro-histories overlooked by conventional narratives. Through their art, the artist sheds light on marginalized voices that have shaped our collective human experience. Inspired by the concept of "Convivio," Chakraborty contemplates the remnants of our civilization, prompting questions about envisioning a new feast for humanity. Drawing from the power of "cognitive poetry," the artist ignites a fresh sense of learning at the heart of this transformative journey. Listening becomes an act of resistance in Chakraborty's practice, offering a profound tool in the ongoing anti-colonial struggle. Poetry acts as a catalyst for introspection, provoking deep thought. "The Scent of Rice" invites reflection on existential questions that transcend human life, touching upon ecology and history.

Idastrasse 46, 8003 Zürich, Switzerland
Thu - Fri 17-19 h / Sat 12-16 h
Reserve a spot for the Re-de-fine Dinner event NOW.