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Kitsch tea tales
Text by Sitanshi Talati-Parikh
Published: Volume 17, Issue 11, November, 2009

Sulemani Chai by Bangalore-based artist Nilofer Suleman makes you smile, frown and wonder all at the same time. It takes you to a different time, and yet makes a strong contemporary comment. It is Warhol-like in its pop-reference while being essentially kitsch. Suleman is overtly influenced by Indian typography and street graphics, and the large-format paintings have powerful characterisations (think naive Chinamma and Jayaram, sly and lecherous Ramlal Pardesi and seductress Kaanan Bala among others) and a recognisable storyline. The artist's debut show was on view at Art Musings Gallery, Mumbai.


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