A solo exhibition by Radhika Khimji

About the exhibition
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by Olivier Varenne

The works in Radhika Khimji’s exhibition ADRIFT are based on photographs of architecture that the the artist took in the home of her ancestors, Kutch, a district in Gujurat, western India. Muscat, the city of Khimji’s birth, lies across a horizontal plane, The Tropic of Cancer, from the home of her ancestors. The distances between her family roots and her place of birth, inspired this exhibition title, where the sea between them is, both physically, and metaphorically, a drift.

Using a variety of different processes, ranging from drawing, sculpture, painting and collage to photography, Khimji intends to produce something that is never strictly any of the above. Each work is at once, all of these mediums, defined by what she calls a “multifarious identity”.

With an aesthetically modernist narrative, and the poetic symbolism of a journey the artist has immersed herself in, these works are an exploration of architecture and gesture, of our movements in relation to space, and ultimately a deconstruction and reconstruction of physical and symbolical displaced identity. 

About the curator

Olivier Varenne, Co-Founder and Head Curator at Collectionair, is the Co-Director of Exhibitions & Collections and International Curator at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia. Based in London, Olivier Varenne has sourced most of the contemporary art in MONA’s collection. Through his relentless trips around the globe he has been instrumental in the buying and commissioning of works from a vast array of emerging artists, including Michel Blazy, Ryoji Ikeda, Oliver Beer and Ed Atkins, as well as securing masterpieces by artists such as Chris Ofili, Jean Tinguely and Jannis Kounellis. Olivier has also brought important installations such as Richard Wilson’s 20:50, Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca and Gregory Barsamian’s Artifact, to MONA.

Olivier has also succeeded in bringing important established contemporary artists to MONA for exhibitions and retrospectives. Most recently with Matthew Barney: River of Fundament (2014-2015), Marina Abramovic: Private Archeology (2015 - 2016) and Gilbert and George: The Art Exhibition (2015).

Along side others at Mona, Olivier has also co-curated Celeste Boursier Mougenot’s: From Hear to Ear (2009), Christian Boltanski: The Heart Archive (2010), Yannick Demmerle (2012), I Look to You and I See Nothing (2013; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE); The art component of MONA FOMA and Dark Mofo and The Red Queen (2013 – 2014).

Alongside Jean-Hubert Martin and Tijs Visser, Olivier co-curated the 3rd Moscow Biennale in 2009 and Theâtre du Monde (2013 ; La Maison Rouge, Paris/Mona). In 2010 he curated On and On at Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid. As well as Wim Delvoye (2011 – 2012), Chiharu Shiota: In Silence (2011) and Beam in Thine Own Eye (2013).