Experimenter presents Ayesha Sultana, Biraaj Dodiya and Moyra Davey for Frieze Viewing Room, New York 2021 edition. The exhibition binds dyads of private-public, interior-exterior, singular-multiple perspectives employing them as lenses to view our world.
Ayesha Sultana (b. 1984 in Jashore, Bangladesh, lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh) presents a suite of cloudscapes at precise slivers of time in the day. Diaristic in approach, the paintings form a personal reference that hold fleeting moments of time. Sultana’s practice is an ongoing investigation of form, movement and space referencing her surrounding through nuanced practice that unfolds though measurement, distance and an expanding field of sight.
Biraaj Dodiya (b. 1993 in Mumbai, India, lives and works in Mumbai) presents a body of paintings that unravel a practice in exploring nocturnal landscapes that pause between states of wakefulness and lucidity. As with much of her practice, Dodiya refers to moments where sequences of events are a blur and not chronological, often taking the form of a lament while introspecting on personal experiences.
Moyra Davey (b. 1958 in Toronto, Canada, lives and works in New York. USA) presents two works, assembled out of gestures of direct address, relationship and connection. Images are intervened with traces of postage – folds, labels, tapes, and stamps that become part of the material and meaning of the work, diverting images away from the preciousness of the art object and returning them to what Davey calls “postcard status,” pinned to the wall without the protection of frames and glass. The suite of photographs, Glass, SP-NY, made by Davey for the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, present architectural models that were originally made by the celebrated modernist architect, Lina Bo Bardi for the Sao Paulo Museum of Contemporary Art. The other two photos, of the glass and the receivers, were taken in New York. The second suite of folded photographs, Four Trees was made in conjunction with Davey’s film Hemlock Forest (2016). They are scans of film negatives that were drawn from the artist’s archives and were then filtered before being printed.
The work on view at the online exhibition for Frieze is reflective of a time when the world is emerging from cusp of navigating personal spaces, interiority and singularity.