UN­DER PRES­SURE

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Arts & Leisure -

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.

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