Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Curatorial Statement

Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Curatorial Statement

Article excerpt

A young woman stands in the center of a domestic interior, holding an electrical cord in her left hand. Her activity, apparently interrupted; her expression, unfathomable. Is she looking at something out of our field of vision? Or is she looking inward, consumed by a sudden thought or remembrance? Or is she merely listening?

In his photography, Shreepad Joglekar focuses on ambiguous relationships as they manifest themselves on various levels. The classical centrality of the subject's placement in the picture field is repudiated by her head, which the artist has cropped, and by her actions and the context in which she is placed. In this work, the photographic subject is involved in a seemingly meaningless activity that has an unclear relationship to her surroundings. While she is part of this environment, she is either oblivious to it or has, with some deliberation, psychically removed herself from it. The room in which she is situated gives no clue to her identity, and the cord she holds is as disconnected from its machine as she is to her context. The clothing she wears, her "little black dress," further complicates our understanding, as it seemingly belies the very domesticity invoked by the well worn overstuffed chair behind her.

The sense of relational ambiguity Joglekar infuses into the work also operates on the level of the relationship between subject, viewer, and artist. …

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