Vedika Rampal, Residues, 2022. Acrylic on cotton muslin, metal, nylon, hessian, bale, jute, clay, wood. 2.2 x 2.2 x 3.8m. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

Residues is a material inquiry into the interconnected relationship between communal violence and communal rape in rural post-Partition South Asia. The large-scale installation artwork exists in a constant state of becoming as wet fabric panels, suspended over bale-filled hessian bags, fade and harden over time. The work attempts to both sensorily and temporally emulate a site which depicts the aftermath of massacre, confronting viewers with the sexual and gendered violence inherent to such conflicts. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.