31 October – 19 December 2015: Karishma D’souza


Karishma D'souza, Summer afternoon: excavating, 58.5 x 71 cm, oil on canvas, 2010


Karishma D’souza – Bridges: crossing over

31 October 2015 – 19 December 2015

Opening: Saturday 31 October 2015, 17.00 – 19.00


The paintings of Karishma D’souza in the exhibition ‘Bridges’ are documentations of specific places and people, filtered through poetry which foregrounds a common humanity. The works draw most consistently on the oral poetry of the 15th century weaver-poet Kabir, who spoke from the midst of society – from the marketplace and the road. The poet addressed divisive thinking that maintained the status quo, in a time of fragmentation he stitched and joined, through warnings and reminders.

The imagery in the paintings move from represented memories to objects as signs of preciousness in life – love, understanding, knowledge, and growth – with light as a reference to an excerpt: ‘..as a web of light is flung across those dim places of the body where we hate to hide again.’, from the poem ‘An October Morning’, by Jayanta Mahapatra.

Karishma D’souza (b. 1983, Mumbai) lives and works in Goa, India. She graduated from the Goa College of Art in 2004 (Painting), and did her post-graduation in Printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S University, Baroda, Gujarat. She was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, from 2012-2013. At the beginning of 2015 she had a major solo exhibition at Xippas Gallery in Paris.