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Magnifying Meme

Khandakar Ohida

‘The Grey Land’, Zine (paper, photo collage, watercolour, news paper cutouts) , 18″ x 11″, 2018

“Practicing art by exploring different mediums is my conquest over the predominant cultural impact [on me] since childhood. My initiatives [have been] to become an art practitioner from a lower middle-class Muslim family of Bengal and demonstrate the dichotomy of cultural hegemony over religious practice.”

‘Exuberant Anonymity’, Watercolour and wasli, 2018

“I try to explore the subtle layer between cultural and religious identity and… investigate the position of the declared ‘second sex’. And incidents of religious violence… interweave with the cultural divergence through my works.”

‘Magnifying Meme’, Installation: two drawings on paper with a background tungsten bulb, 24″ x 18″, 2018

“I am always trying to make sense of the pressures of identity, not just as a Muslim woman, but also by exploring my roots as a rural Bengali woman… [So there is] continuous confrontation with social hierarchy and gender stereotypes.”


‘Dekhasona’, Single channel video installation , 7” tablet, black veil, black box  (20″ x 10″ x 10″),1min 40sec, 2018



Khandakar Ohida is a Delhi-based art practitioner. Her art explores the different cultural spheres of rural Bengal, Kolkata and New Delhi. Ohida uses different mediums and techniques that include drawing, video installations and performance. She has a BFA from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, and a MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.