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'A thali is a moveable feast' (2020)

'A thali is a moveable feast' (2020)

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Talia Ramkilawan

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From the artist:

“Meals in an Indian household, even in their simplest form, are akin to ritual and treated accordingly. Thali is derived from the Sanskrit word sthali – a designated spot, in this case, the place to keep edibles.  

The key concept is rasa, a word that is translated literally as sap, juice, essence. It is used not only in the context of food, and dominates the realm of all Indian aesthetics. Rasa emerges when physical sensations stir dominant emotions, recall memories and create a certain mood – erotic, romantic, tragic or tranquil. Thus, food is a significant mood manipulator.” 

 

wool and cloth on hessian | 105 x 82cm | unique
 

Central to Talia Ramkilawan’s practice is rug hooking, a slow, accumulative process with which she creates her “tapestry adjacent” wall pieces. Her more recent preoccupations include platonic intimacy as expressed in text (the words of friends spoken or sent). “My work is about forging a sense of community and healing particular to the post-apartheid generation,” she offers. “It deals with subverting the image of family trauma by healing through making and by creating a presence. I have placed an emphasis on community and the ‘Indian experience’ – which is so important in cultural and art production – disrupting the linear narrative, exposing how traumas of the past resonate in the present. My inspiration comes from my own family dynamics and my own specific experience with South Asian identity, culture, and trauma.” Talia is an artist and teacher living and working in Cape Town.