Founding member of an artists’ group called The Neulinge Collective.
Divya is a founding member of the Neulinge Collective. The Neulinge Collective consists of four South Asian artists from Pakistan, Srilanka and India who have come together to debate, discuss and highlight issues that relate to global politics and its impact on women of colour. As South Asian women we are thinking of continuous geographies and how South Asia can be reimagined today in the sense of renewal from spaces of unfreedoms and fraught relations.
As a collective we have banded together to give rise to a new voice representing our unique diasporas using a variety of methods and materials through group shows, collaborations and workshops, podcasts and publications. We are thinking of geographies of a different place than what lives in the individual and social imagination, a different moment in time, a different leap into the future. We challenge stereotypes regarding our post-colonial identities, gender roles, age and our relationship to empire and its influences.
New show in Karachi...Watch this space!!
The Neulinge Collective - Figure It Out
at the Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PD
16th to 27th September 2021
Covid19 has reset everything that we have taken for granted, shocked us out of our complacency and added to our ever-growing list of concerns. Despite this feeling of isolation and uncertainty, we want our art works to provide glimmers of hope, to propose solutions, to try and help to figure it all out! Our art speaks of this sense of responsibility for the future, the power of dialogue as a way of binding people together in a world that is fragmenting before our very eyes. Our art speaks of a better world, of art’s unique ability to reshape the future. Our art speaks of this sense of responsibility for the future, the power of dialogue as a way of binding people together in a world that is fragmenting before our very eyes.
The Neulinge Collective consists of four South Asian artists from Pakistan, Srilanka and India who have come together as a group to critique the status quo with work that reflect issues of injustice we face today. There is a sense of impatience with the legacy of colonialism and as artists they want to be able to engage with this conversation.
Marium confronts orientalist notions of the ‘oppressed’ woman in Pakistan with her monumental figure paintings while Chudamani reflects on individual achievement of immigrants contributing to the success of Britain today and uses Tilda rice as her motif to present exquisite prints amongst her works. Divya’s work confronts themes of regaining a mother tongue that was denied by imperialism. She links a quote from a 2500 year old Tamil text about compassion to the idea of care and how it has taken the tragedy of the pandemic to understand how crucial it is to life. She also finds similarities between the conditions of the current pandemic and the conditions of the plague pandemic in the early 1900s in India. Finally, Maryam’s beautiful jewel like mixed media works are reflections of her research and experiments with textiles and their new age iterations from automated jacquard designs to digital designs on screen. She tries to find a link between the tactile and the virtual with her objects constantly changing form that keeps the viewer guessing.
The Neulinge Collective - Newcomers
at The Crypt Gallery
20th to 22nd April 2018