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Songspace

The Art of Nilima Sheikh

Kaniala Kapoor

NILIMA SHEIKH, Songspace, 1995, installation view at the Johannesburg Biennale.

Nilima Sheikh's recent 'Songspace' paintings in casein tempera on canvas, which have just returned from the '95 Biennale at Johannesburg, derive their mandate from a cultural terrain that is still dominated by pre-existing indigenous art and traditions. However, the artist is not merely doubling back to the myths and icons of the past in some tired fetishistic reiteration; instead, drawing energy from her own cultural history, which includes allegories and legends recorded in theā€¦

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