Based between India and the UK, artist Rithika Pandey explores themes of femininity, hybridity, companionship, and the future through fantastical tableaux. Full of symbolism and color, Rithika’s work is inspired by her Indian heritage, as well as the traditional African art she observed growing up (she lived in Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana during her childhood) and the surreal, existential narratives of Haruki. Often, her figures seem to be playing out scenes from some lost mythology. They can be taken as metaphors for the timeless idiosyncrasies, anxieties, and absurdities of human existence; for Rithika, art has always been a way to unpack the world around her.
“Everyone has a voice and everyone wants to speak the truth; truths about politics, violence, cultural stereotypes, patriarchy, love, decadence, sexuality, identity and especially freedom from conventions.”