After a five-year absence from Europe, Indian artist Anju Dodiya is unveiling Tower of Slowness, a new series watercolour paintings, at Galerie Templon in Brussels.

At the age of 57, Anju Dodiya is undeniably one of the most respected artists on the Indian art scene. For the last thirty years, her paintings have used the self-portrait as a starting point to explore the conflicts between inner life and external reality: the anguish of creation, the artist's frustrations with the violence of the world, the incommunicability between people. The pandemic marking this last year and the strict lockdown she endured in her Mumbai residence/studio naturally resonated particularly strongly with her own obsessions. The current situation acted as a catalyst for an artist whose work engages closely with questions of isolation and social masks. As she explains, "this past year has been unusual for all of us. We are suddenly sharing a common wound, a painful recognition of the precariousness of our lives."

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