Fareena Chanda
Fareena Chanda

Arts-Practice: Methodology and Process

The methodological foundation of my arts practice is rooted in hermeneutics, the Sufi concepts of zahir (exoteric) and batin (esoteric), the understanding of the body in Islamic tradition, and phenomenology. To explore my methodology, I apply conceptual-art, installation-art and critical design methods to a process-based artistic inquiry that experiments with light, scale, materiality, and form. I rigorously document my work using time-based media (photography and video) and reflective note-taking in a process-based approach. These documents are important in the development of my ideas, and often become part of the work itself.

Using the body as a link between the hidden and the manifest, my work posits that it is through the body that the being encounters both the external and internal worlds of their own self. I use intuition and the primacy of my body as exoteric knowledge to delve deep into the esoteric dimension of my own being. The body is fundamentally integrated into my work where it is both the material and site of my experiments and ultimately, becomes the vehicle through which the art is experienced.

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