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She rose to His Requirement – dropt

The Playthings of Her Life

To take the honorable Work

Of Woman, and of Wife –

— Emily Dickinson, She rose to His Requirement, 1861


With Riya Chandiramani’s solo exhibition, (G)love Marriage, VAIN Projects proudly returns to the 2024 edition of Art Central Hong Kong. 


Born and raised in Hong Kong, artist Riya Chandiramani challenges the intricate web of societal constructs that shape the narratives of women today. Her latest body of work, presented in (G)love Marriage, serves as a powerful exploration of resistance, dismantling societal stigmas deeply entrenched in patriarchal and capitalist structures.


The hand that may be asked for in marriage is placed into ubiquitous yellow rubber gloves. Adorned with the intricate patterns of bridal mehndi, Chandiramani ignites a dialogue on the societal expectations that confine women to roles tied to their "marriage-worthiness" and marital status, while simultaneously undervaluing their invaluable contributions to society.


In the artist's hands, the rubber glove transforms into a symbol of resistance, urging society to reconsider the inherent value of women beyond the limiting labels that diminish their worth.


(G)love Marriage is not just a mere exhibition, but a call to action. Come rip off the gloves with VAIN Projects at Art Central, booth C21 between 27/03/2024 - 31/03/2024.


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