From 19 to 23 April, ION Art Gallery presents Don’t Pressure Me, an exhibition by artist Rajul Mehta that illustrates the everyday pressures of women from all walks of life, and also explores the trajectories of successful women. The Indian- born, Israelbased artist’s colourful screen prints – inspired by the Pop Art-style portraits by Andy Warhol – portray Bollywood stars and Hollywood celebrities such as Beyonce and Keira Knightley, while her symbolic sculpture swaps out the head of an Indian woman for a pressure cooker.
Rajul says, “We all have pressure cookers inside our heads. This constant need to juggle, to meet deadlines; as pressure boils we blow off steam, we let go and we start all over again. Our lives are really just a constant balancing of our many roles and relationships in a world that expects us to be a certain way and perhaps to even behave a certain way”.
Inviting viewers to question their own roles in society, Don’t Pressure Me reflects on where women stand in this globalised world, and the complex pressures that drive them to adapt and succeed in the many things they do every day. Open from 10am to 10pm daily. For more on the artist, visit rajulmehta.com.