Riya Chatterjee

Riya Chatterjee

Bio
Riya Chatterjee studied Painting at Kala Bhavana,
Santiniketan, (BFA, 2004) and did a 2-year course in
Chinese Painting from South-west Normal University,
Chongqing, China (Diploma, 2007, full scholarship
from Government of China). Her works have been in
selected for participation in several important group
shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhopal,
Kolkata, and Baroda in India, and in Siauliai in Lithuania,
Nord Art in Germany, Dubai, UAE, and Chongqing in
China. She has also shown in the ‘Des Pardes: Challenge
of the Glocal’ exhibition at Artcore, UK in 2010-11.

Statement
This work is inspired by a contemporary film by
eminent Indian filmmaker, Shyam Benegal titled,
“Well Done, Abba!”, a National Award-winning 2009
film, which revolves around the story of a man trying
to build a well in his drought-affected village and the
strange and amusing incidents that happen to him along
the way. As the film unfolds, the director highlights
the serious issue of water scarcity and bureaucratic
corruption in a very satirical way. In my work I have
avoided the narrative part and tried to deal with the
core issue that is water scarcity, and depicted the
significance of well as an reservoir of water in our rural
society through the use of satirical and ambiguous text.