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Sapna Mathur, Mumbai: A 2016 painting by Mumbai-based artist Dhruvi Acharya depicts a shouting match
between a woman and three identical-looking men. The figures, on opposite sides of the canvas, are seemingly arguing about how a widow should live her life after her husband passes away. Behind the woman — a middle-aged lady carrying a rifle on her back — runs the text:“Your husband died, but you are still living… You don’t have to wear white… it’s not your fault. Go out… meet people… maybe you will find a companion.” The men stand against the same backdrop, but the text on their side of the painting is different,
It reads, “Your husband died so you may as well die… sati abolished? Then be a living sati.” As the argument drags on, the men get aggressive. The first man holds a flower in his hand, as though he is trying to coax the woman into understanding patriarchal norms. But the second has a flower and a revolver in his hands. The third man, eventually, holds just a revolver.Acharya says that the painting is about what a lot of women who lose their husbands go through. The 44-year-old herself lost her spouse, film-maker Manish Acharya, in 2010. But the artist asserts that the other works at her upcoming solo exhibition, titled After The Fall, don’t overtly address patriarchy. Rather, the show is about how people cope with death.“It deals with loss and how the mind finds ways to live a positive, meaningful life again. One can have two reactions after one is knocked down by life — stay down, or gather courage, get up and go on. After the fall, comes the winter, and then spring and the summer. Nothing is really permanent,” she says.This is Acharya’s first solo show in India in eight years, and features the award-winning artist’s comic-inspired portraits of women.