6 June – 5 October 2014
The UK's largest exhibition of work by the Indian abstract artist, who died in 1990.
Born in Karachi and raised in Mumbai, Mohamedi studied art at Central Saint Martin’s in London and then worked in an atelier in Paris before returning to India.
Settling in Baroda in the early 1970s she became a teacher of Fine Arts at MS University, and began to compose small-scale, abstract geometric drawings using pencil and pen. These were totally unlike anything being produced by her contemporaries in India, who favoured a figurative narrative style. Instead, her work was reminiscent of earlier generations who had engaged with abstraction, such as the artist V. S. Gaitonde.
This exhibition charts the development of Mohamedi’s abstraction. Significant phases include the semi-abstract lyrical paintings she worked on in the 1960s, drawings of suspended diagonal lines, triangles and spheres from the late 1980s and her continuous photographic practice. Together they reveal her desire to obtain ‘the maximum of the minimum’, and ‘the limitless of limits'.
Mohamedi was an avid photographer, using it to create a visual record of her experiences. The display includes her pictures of desert landscapes and seascapes, iconic modernist buildings and the Islamic architecture of Fatehpur Sikri.