A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. It is an internal (as well as eternal) journey of evolution one must go through to pierce into a new role. This could be with reference to birth, beginnings, relationships, endings, and even death. This anthropological term and concept arose as a part of social obligations, when rituals were (and still are) performed when adolescents reached puberty, or when a king would be enthroned or when a woman would become a mother. However, this term marks a milestone at every step in our lives, whether it is trauma, re-location, revelation or love. This passage from one experience to another is enough to alter one’s perception of life as it was, into a re-coded transformation.
This exhibition, titled Rite of Passage includes 6 artists (Arundhati Saikia, Kalidas Mhamal, Kedar Dhondu, Ratna Khanna, Rithika Merchant, Shivani Gupta, Corinne Elysse Adams) practicing in diverse media, whose works align with this concept, and in fact, compliment the implications of the term.
- Rite of Passage installation view at Artry Gallery Kochi, Arundhati Saikia's works.