Detail from Jungle Peacocks and Iguana
Natural earth pigments on handmade paper
The natural world is a source of inspiration for many of the painters in this exhibition. But painting nature does not always evoke joy, sometimes it can chronicle loss, where villages are threatened with clearance for infrastructure projects that would divorce painters from nature, from their landscape, inspiration and materials.
Here we use the term Adivasi because of its association with emancipation. Beyond the Villages suggests that art is about freedom: freedom of expression, release from patriarchal norms, pride in skill, in being the bearer of a tradition, of representing a community or the self, freedom to be acknowledged, and the way that images can transcend the place and the people who created them.