Adorning Shadows, Radhika Khimji’s first solo at Experimenter explores the relationship of the body, its transitory nature and the act of looking and experiencing the body in space.
Employing painting, life-sized sculpture and works on paper, Khimji questions how human forms in transcendence suggest directions it may think, feel and navigate the world with, while negotiating its existence within countervailing dynamics of power. Khimji poses several questions through the exhibition. Does the body, a physical structure depend on other factors to sense its hierarchy in a world outside itself? Is the body caught in suspended movement in space? Is the body or its form the essential basis of reality?
Khimji’s work is at once painting, drawing and collage; it is also embroidery and sculpture. She develops ways of working informed by the physicality and materiality of the making process that deconstructs, evades and erases constructions of formulated identities. The body is made visible in spaces that resemble landscape but eludes discrete identification. Fluctuating between states of being passive and active, defiant and entrapped, these bodies occupy a space which is completely grounded in the self, surrounded by dormant forces waiting to be used.
Radhika Khimji (b. Oman 1979) lives and works between London and Oman. Khimji holds an MA in Art History, UC London, an MFA from Royal Academy of Art, London, a BFA from Slade School of Art, London and a foundation degree from Kingston University of Art and Design. Khimji has shown in several exhibitions around the world including the 6th Marrakech Biennale, Jogja Biennale XII and the Drawing Biennale, Drawing Room London amongst others. Khimji’s works are in the collection of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Devi Art Foundation and other private and public institutions.