"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes
"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes
"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes
"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes
"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes
"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes

"Lineage" by Saviya Lopes

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"Lineage (Edition of 3)​"
Dental stone and brass
4 x 1.75 x 1.75 in
2023

About the artwork

"Lineage" is a sculptural work composed of three individual pieces, each derived from an amalgamation of eight Venus figurines. Utilizing materials such as dental stone and red oxide, the work reinterprets these ancient symbols of femininity through a contemporary lens. The Fibonacci proportions employed in the sculptures introduce a sense of natural harmony, suggesting a universal and timeless essence of the female form. It explores themes of body autonomy and female agency, drawing a parallel between historical and contemporary perceptions of women's bodies. The figurines address a continuum of care and nurturing inherent in female agency, emphasizing how historical narratives have consistently included elements of female empowerment, despite society's ongoing struggle to acknowledge and embrace these aspects. By bridging historical context with present-day issues, the work attempts to celebrate and accept our bodies, challenging the restrictive social constructs that shape body image and self-worth. The sculptures serve as a commentary on the evolving perceptions of femininity, advocating for a more inclusive and empowering understanding that celebrates the female form as a symbol of strength, resilience, and continuity.

About the artist

Saviya Lopes is a visual artist, based in Vasai (Bassein), India. She graduated from Rachna Sansad AFAC, Mumbai and has participated in various group exhibitions in India and across the globe since 2015. She was a participating artist and later the Director at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai

Coming from the community of East Indian Catholics, she often works with her native history, through family archives and oral narratives; drawing upon activities like quilt making by her grandmother as manifestations of dissent. Her work deftly unpicks; reimagines history and reconsiders it for future generations. It never wavers in choosing a visual language to reinterpret what is lost. Her works really speak on a feminist key, intersectional, where subtlety, transparence, delicacy convey stories of violence, of heritage, colonialism. And so much more that there is to think from them.She is passionate about the role of women in relationship to labour and textile histories. Lopes’s artistic practice draws from experiences in the spaces she inhabits. She looks at the body as an active agent of societal protest and symbolic value. Her work shows interest in the inter- relation between body, language, culture and navigation of spaces.

Solo and group exhibitions include an exhibition at Clark House Initiative, Bombay(2016); Dakar Biennale (2016); Historica – Republican Aesthetics at IMMA, Ireland (2016); Stories My country told me, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju Biennale (2016); Gondwana Series – An intervention at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Working Practices, The Showroom, London (2018); The Crown Letter Project, Foundation Fiminco, Paris (2021); Bienalsur, Argentina (2021); “No More Ephemeral Bodies | Solo at Kathiwada City House, Mumbai. She has been twice invited to South Korea for Gwangju Biennale as a fellow to participate and has participated as a visiting speaker at the Asia Art Space, Network Asia, South Korea. She is currently on the curatorial team for the Kochi Students Biennale 2022.

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