Current Exhibition

Rathin Barman: Unsettled Structures

September 19 - December 22, 2023

Lived spaces are not just pieces of architecture; they are anthropological tools to explore history, memory, and even human behavior. Over time, the relationship between homes and their occupants changes through structural additions or functional shifts. Rathin Barman: Unsettled Structures emerges from many such stories of the restructuring of domestic space. In particular, the artist considers the legacy of colonial mansions in the artist’s hometown of Kolkata, India. These grand, luxurious buildings have been repopulated over time by migrants who come to the urban center to escape conflict, climate change, famine, or political unrest. Barman’s sculptures begin with a sense of dwelling borne out of the isolation of the pandemic and in light of ongoing pressures to house the dispossessed across the globe.

Rathin Barman lives and works in Kolkata, India. Barman completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; and has been exhibited in select solo exhibitions such as There is Now a Wall (2022), Dimensional Distortion (2020), Experimenter, Kolkata; and Home, and a Home, curated by Suman Gopinath, Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2016). Select group exhibitions include The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10); Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; and Deeper within its Silence, curated by Sumakshi Singh, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.

Janine Mileaf is executive director and chief curator at The Arts Club of Chicago. She is the author of Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade (University Press of New England, 2010), and coeditor of A Home for Surrealism (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and The Arts Club of Chicago at 100 (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

This exhibition is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.



Work Details:
Charcoal and pigment on brass inlaid concrete
240 x 128 x 1 inches, 120 cast concrete panels, each 16 x 16 x 1 inches
Image Courtesy:
Rathin Barman
Experimenter Contemporary Art
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art/10th Asia Pacific Triennial
Photo Credit:
Nepal Bhadra

Rathin Barmin in conversation with Prateek Raja

Event Date: September 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Tuesday September 19

Exhibition Opening Gallery Talk

Rathin Barman: Unsettled Structures

6:00- 7:00 pm

Including concrete and brass wall reliefs and a newly commissioned room-scaled installation, Rathin Barman: Unsettled Structures considers the creative reuse by migrant populations of abandoned colonial mansions in the artist’s home city of Kolkata, India. Barman will be in conversation with Prateek Raja of Experimenter in Kolkata.

Artist talk and opening gallery reception are free and open to all.



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