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Archana Hande

Archana situates her prints predominantly in a language of fantasy.  Even before oft - recurring motifs like the crowned riders mounted on grimacing quadrupeds appeared in her work, the images were suffused with a dream-like ambience of strange shadows and diffused light.  While the Technical possibility of overlapping plates in the printing process link up with the transparent layers of memory or the telescoping of moments in dream, the dream-world also configures the elements of her compositions. The array of aeroplanes echo in the school of fish, with no distinct demarcation between the two spaces.  Directional uniformity of fish or flying shapes then read as the insistence of repeated motifs, while the feeling of movement translates in to speed.

Archana Hande


Repetition and recurrence take another cue from architecture, as it occurs in arched openings and grouped minarets.  Subsequently as Archana turns them into less-identifiable 'pure' shapes she also emphasizes the vertical in the process.  As the domed minaret transforms into distinctly phallic shape, it leads one to infer possible sexual undertones in the image.  What may have been subliminal in the initial stage, later becomes consciors explanation.  This then can be read back on to the forms of the aeroplane and the fish.  An interesting shift comes in the later images, where the previous proliferation of the vertical threat and the horizontal thrust take the form of the spiral, caught up in perpetuating circles.  The act of playing with forms then no longer remain simply innocent.

Education : B.F.A, in print making, Viswa Bharati University, Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan.
M.F.A, in printmaking, M.S University, Baroda.
Gallery Art Inc, New Delhi.
Alliance Francaise De Bhopal.
Lakeeran, The Contemporary Art Gallery,
'Play House', Mumbai
  • International Print Biennial, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal.
  • National Biennial,   Bharat Bhavan Bhopal.
  • National Exhibition, New Delhi.
  • National Exhibition, New Delhi.
  • Two Women Show, Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad.
  • 'Mini Prints', Organized by Espace Art Gallery & British Counsil, New Delhi.
  • 'Gift for India', SAHMAT, New Delhi, Mumbai.
  • 'BILKOOL' - An exhibition of works on paper by young


  • The International Print Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 7th International Triennial of Prints and Drawings Grafinnova '98, organised by Ostrobothnian Museum, Vaasa, Finland.
  • contemporary Indian Artist, Curated by Louise Paramor, The project is in collaboration with next wave Festival, Australia.
  • Premio Internazionale biella Perl'incisione - Italy -1999.

Junior Fellowship, Human Resource Development, Govt. of India

H. Archana Hande
No.229, 15th Main, 24th Cross,
BSK II Stage,
Bangalore - 560 070.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 6761072 / 6761078
Fax: 6711285

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