Spectres of Memory
Anoushka Bhalla (b. India) is an artist based in New York City.
Anoushka Bhalla's practice explores existence through visual research into the materialization of collective trauma and the decay of collective intergenerational memory. Her art, vacillating between the abstract and the representational, is derived from historical archives of the British Colonial Empire and the devastating legacy it left in her homeland of India and South Asia, which continues to reverberate globally. Born from histories of ancestral massacres, indentured labor, ethnic cleansing, lynching and other modes of violences, she engages with art-making to contend with the loss of her ancestors who were martyred to these forgotten bloodbaths.
Using primordial elements like terracotta, ash and carbon symbolizing history and the passage of time, the imagery in Bhalla's work addresses portraits of colonial bodies, landscapes in the wake of destruction and wounds evoking the unconscious of a collective past
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