There is a day in Northern India, during the full moon period in October, when Hindu women fast for their husbands. This is just one example of the way in which women in India are, by and large, subservient to men. Though the country has had a female president, and several regions contain matriarchal societies, most industries—including science, tech, cinema, architecture, politics, and tourism—are still dominated by men. The art worlds of Delhi and Mumbai might represent the only field led by more women than men, and those women occupy myriad roles.
The contemporary art scene in India is a complex web of socio-economic cues and, often, conflicts of interest. It is also close-knit and, in many ways, a bastion of equality. It is a world that both looks towards the West for its sharp finish, and looks inward for its subject matter and materials. There are numerous women here that are invigorating the country’s art scene, believing in its inherent ability to shake things up, alter preconceived notions, redefine, and reimagine—much like the shifting status of women in the country.