Gogi Saroj Pal
22.0 x 30.0 in. / 55.9 x 76.2 cm.
Oil on canvas
Gogi Saroj Pal’s Mandi series, which she executed in the mid-1980s, is documentative as it contextualises the narration against a certain lived reality. The term mandi in Hindi means a market, and in this context, a red-light district. Here, a woman with kohled eyes waits outside her quarters, obviously for a customer. But it’s not just an outsider’s gaze at the plight of an unfortunate woman that Pal brings to the work; she places herself here as an ‘insider’ too, to understand the protagonist’s view of the world that has pushed her to earn her livelihood thus.
Singh, Kishore, ed., Gogi Saroj Pal: The Feminine Unbound (New Delhi: DAG, 2011), p. 174
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