31 JULY – 15 AUGUST 2020
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Our second InTheWindow exhibition of the new season presents WHERE DOES IT LEAD TO? an exploration of feminism and female roles by London-based printmaker Abhaya Purushottam Rajani.

Dictionary meaning:
a piece of equipment consisting of a series of bars or steps between two upright lengths of wood, metal, or rope, used for climbing up or down something.

Dictionary meaning:
An opening in the wall or roof of a building or vehicle, fitted with glass in a frame to admit light or air and allow people to see out.

The Ladder which can not be climbed or can not provide any support will be displayed in
A Window which can not be opened,
It does not let the breeze in.

This Ladder is not like any other one, she is obsessed with different shoes and loves to play the game “Who am I today?”.
The shoes on the rack are her options, today she might be a working class labour, tomorrow a high street corporate boss and later a time travelling vintage lady.

The function of any ladder is to provide support to reach from bottom level to higher level. Although this delicate ladder is made up of wire mesh, be careful as her bars are sharp and thin, joineries are weak. Don’t trust this one, if any kind of force will be applied on her body, every piece will bend and the whole thing will collapse.

When you're passing the Gallery on Broad Street, in Stoke-On-Trent - rushing towards the station, or heading towards Tesco, do not forget to check her out.

Although, she is very insecure about her body so be careful.

Disclaimer: Do not dare to climb this Ladder and do not try to open this window!

Abhaya Purushottam Rajani is an artist and printmaker currently studying MA Print at Royal College of Art, London and Previously studied B. Arch at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai. Coming from an Architecture background informs the contemplation of space and how an artwork will be displayed. Installations follow a line of questioning evident in the works of Mona Hatoum and are inspired by the dark absurdity of Ilya Kabakov. Lydia Davis’s Flash Fictions is a key touchstone for the style of writing.

The process of making is inspired by the questions about FACTS in the contemporary time which do not seek for any answers rather intend to raise further questions. Topics often concern the materiality of everyday objects and their meanings, through installations, drawing or sculpture with respect to the physicality of the human psyche. The work intends to play with the viewers mind by subconsciously projecting politics and poetic humour with the use of satire. Rajani is particularly interested in the manufacture and functionality of everyday objects with specific focus on the Architectural language. A recurring technique is the use of incongruous materials in the representation of mundane objects, in order to analyse the nature of symbolism in defining the tools of human existence. The writing is an essential part of the work as it further develops the ambiguous narrative.