Indian-born Sydney-based artist Kirtika Kain navigates the periphery of two divergent cultural systems, unravelling the contradictions and complexities of a global identity. Her incisive exploration of caste and gender violence is realised though a diverse and unconventional use of printmaking processes. Kain’s textured text pieces draw upon political writings from the archives of India’s history, screen printed and etched upon linoleum through toxic and corrosive chemical reactions. In an attempt to parallel meaning with the means of production, Kain’s experimentation with the alchemy of print is suffused with themes of language and the politics of identity. 

 

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