Parables of the Womb explores the place of women during war and reads into the conceptual perplexity of gendered history. In times of war, history shows us hostility on women and an increase in patriarchal authority. Dilara Begum Jolly recalls the specific plight of Bangladeshi women during the troubled times of the Liberation War; expressed through the evocative needle-works on photograph and x-ray, and a psychosomatic video portrayal of Roma Chowdhury, a ‘Birangona’ (war hero). The artist’s testament to gender roles in war culminates a feminist perspective.
Trained as a painter, Jolly is also known to work with various media including performance, video and sound. She has developed a signature practice of needling on paper and, more recently, photographs – a painstaking process during which she draws motifs on paper, or highlights areas on photographs, through needle prickling. Her show ‘Parables of the Womb’ explores themes of gender, trauma and the female body.