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Mithu Sen

Indian, b. 1971

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Mithu Sen

Indian, b. 1971

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In her visceral sculptures, installations, videos, and works on paper, Mithu Sen combines eroticism, grotesquerie, and exquisite beauty to both send up and upend, with an elegant, sardonic wit, modes of self-representation, gender stereotypes, and personal, social, and artistic decorum. Images of the body—genitalia, intestines, blood-filled veins, bones, limbs, and hair—recur throughout her work, mixed with a host of motifs drawn from Indian and global popular culture, such as tigers and Japanese anime characters. Sen often begins with photographs of herself, manipulating her image with a playful gusto, drawing a mustache on her upper lip or showing small phalluses pointed towards her, poised for penetration. Through these manipulations, she demands control over the way she is seen and represented, pre-empting stereotypes through exaggerated representation.

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Artforum, and 2 more
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and 1 more
Biography

In her visceral sculptures, installations, videos, and works on paper, Mithu Sen combines eroticism, grotesquerie, and exquisite beauty to both send up and upend, with an elegant, sardonic wit, modes of self-representation, gender stereotypes, and personal, social, and artistic decorum. Images of the body—genitalia, intestines, blood-filled veins, bones, limbs, and hair—recur throughout her work, mixed with a host of motifs drawn from Indian and global popular culture, such as tigers and Japanese anime characters. Sen often begins with photographs of herself, manipulating her image with a playful gusto, drawing a mustache on her upper lip or showing small phalluses pointed towards her, poised for penetration. Through these manipulations, she demands control over the way she is seen and represented, pre-empting stereotypes through exaggerated representation.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and 1 more