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SAMA presents Artworks of Sara Riaz Khan, Vinita Khanna & Sudipta Modi

This is an externally organised event taking place at Asia House. 


Women in Art Festival 

The Women in Art is part of the 22 event Women in Music Festival under the aegis of SAMA Arts Network now in its third year and growing…

As a progressive, cosmopolitan organisation, we believe that artistic opportunities and participation catalyse equality and human development. The arts of South Asia are exceptionally male-dominated, given the inherently patriarchal framework of sub-continental cultures. This necessitates the occasional intervention, plainly put; to give women artists their due. We are proud that through efforts of several UK-based organisations, ourselves included, that has resulted in a visibly increased role for women artists of South Asian arts worldwide.

Being a logical extension of the first two edition of our festival, the proposed activity ensures continuity and consistency in SAMA’s artistic agenda. The theme of empowering women in the South Asian arts sector in and through the visual and performing arts reflects the cosmopolitan and democratic ethos of SAMA. We are strong believers in an integrated, cosmopolitan Britain. Our work has delivered results in bringing people together despite perceived barriers.

The SAMA Women In Art festival has become an annual feature. It has helped us grow a niche but engaged audience of diverse demographic composition and created a positive perception of South Asian arts and artists by UK audiences. Continued programming in this sphere will help SAMA develop further as a leading proponent of equality and progressiveness in the sector.

While the theme of women in the arts has taken root across the South Asian arts sector in the UK, we have consciously privileged artistic quality above all other considerations. We endeavour to provide artists and audiences with a nurturing and sustainable ecosystem, which, consistent with the improvisatory nature of these arts, leads to spontaneous and organic leaps of creativity.


Sara Riaz Khan is an abstract visual artist inspired by nature, colour and the human condition. Her textured, multi-layered works are created with oil and gesso using techniques such as staining, glazing, printing and excavating paint. The artist has developed her use of tools over time to include diffusers and palette knives.

Increasingly, Sara Riaz Khan has focused on ideas, which bring people together. In ‘Earth in My Bones’ (2015) she investigated how people are connected to the earth and to each other. An exploration of music was the starting point for the exhibition ‘Songs of Spring’ (2017) in which Sara Riaz Khan examined how nature-inspired compositions from different cultures could reflect a common human thread. She concluded that while it was difficult to pinpoint a unifying cross-cultural factor, the paintings were tied together by a sense of movement and a feeling that an event or experience had taken place.


Vinita Khanna is an artist, whose work deploys a language of visual force across disciplines, including sculpture, painting, installation, collage and photography.
She began her training as an artist in the Kunstschule Zurich and completed it with an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1999. Her work has been exhibited internationally in institutions and art galleries, notably at the United Nations, the Tate Modern, the V&A, the Royal Institute and Imperial College in London.

Vinita has explored image making through the possibilities lying dormant in the plethora of industrially produced materials that overpoweringly clutter the world we live in today. Driven by a desire to find the spirited in the mundane and to somehow make sense of this absurdity.

The recent drawings and collage work displayed here, mimic qualities inherent to nature such as recurrence and infinite pattern, displaying a yearning to grasp the recreation of the seemingly copious anarchy of a natural landscape. The resulting imagery alludes to the natural world of earthly and celestial depths, of seas, landscapes, clouds and the cosmos.


Sudipta Modi’s work employs tenacious experimentation of theatricality and cinematic languages in art.

For her latest series ‘Mostly I want a garden now’ she looked into photographs of nuclear explosions and the formation of mushroom clouds. She uses found photo-images and arranges them with her own ‘Bathing- Selfies’. Photomontages then construct an immortal vision from the raw materials. The colours for this series are inspired by polar lights, which are indicative of the limitations of human civilisation in the cosmic world.

The images of those explosions have become a cliché; shock, terror and awe have faded into a mild surprise.

She reflects, “The supreme deterrent, once romanticised, now co-exists as an immortal element. The human search for immortality has led to a technological archaeology that is contra-nature; it waits a million years to be discovered.”

She received an MFA from Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL, studied for an MA in Theatre and Mass Communication from Rabindra Bharati University, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Calcutta University, India.

She collaborated with theatre actors, fine artists, street musicians, and live-media performance with native islanders to save the coral reef; also worked on new-media installations. Her installations create a multifarious narrative of time-lapse of cultural histories.


Women in Art Exhibition curated by Jay Visvadeva for SAMA Arts Network

This event is supported by Arts Council England 

Find out more by emailing info@sama.co.uk

This is an externally organised event taking place at Asia House. 


June 20, 2018 10:00
June 23, 2018 18:00




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