Rewati Shahani was born and brought up in Mumbai before moving to London to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s. She has lived in the capital ever since. Much of her early work focuses on the shared histories of her current and former home cities - as seen in her large-scale ink on kora cotton maps of the two metropolises.
Rewati's new collection of work furthers her exploration of nationhood and place, taking aim at the proscriptive nature of human geography in the 21st century. There has in recent times been a refocusing on the significance of national borders, fed by a pervasive anxiety over the movement of people who cross them - whether free, illegal or in seek of asylum. From America's travel ban to the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crises, national debates over 'who to let in' are being contested more hotly than for a generation.
In 2018, she returned to Mumbai for her first solo show in India, Tides, which was followed in 2019 by LAND, shown in London. Back in India for the new year, LAND 2020 is a continuation of this series.
Rewati Shahani lives and works in London, UK.
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