Shweta Bhattad

Shweta Bhattad

Bio
Shweta Bhattad studied Sculpture at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda
(MVA, 2011) and at CISFA, Nagpur (BFA, 2009). She received the
Award for Best Sculpture at 22nd All-India National Art Contest,
Nagpur (2008), Katpitia Memorial Gold Medal in Sculpture, Baroda
(2011), Merit Scholarship Award, Baroda (2011) among several other
awards. She was selected for Khoj International Artist Residency,
New Delhi (2012), the Art Intensive Scholarship at Khoj, New Delhi
(2012), and a 6-week Residency, supported by Khoj at Bamboo
Curtain Studio in Taipei, Taiwan (2013). She has had many Solo
Performance Art events to her credit that explore issues of social
problems in India such as food security, safety of women and violence
against women, ecological degradation, and aspirational aims of rural
youth.

Statement
During my stay in Taiwan, I could see the women living their lives with
freedom and dignity. On the contrary, I used to feel unsafe and afraid
when walking alone on empty and dark roads in my own hometown.
In Taiwan, I knew that I was safe, just as I had always dreamed, but
never experienced. It was very difficult for me to accept the freedom
I received in Taiwan. With time, my fears, my preconceptions, my
precipitations and uncertainties started melting away from me. I felt
lighter, as if my “conditioned attire” as a woman was melting. I started
feeling, experiencing the freedom.“Bharat Mata in Taiwan” is part of a
series of performances I did in Taiwan, on my experience of freedom,
00 safety, dignity I felt and lived as a women staying there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JQxeU-AR1A

Shweta Bhattad