Hug Me!

Performance Art by Sukeshi Sondhi

Sukeshi Sondhi’s recent installations and performance works reflect on issues of nostalgia, transience, displacement, and their influence on the female identity. Her artistic process engages in multiplicity, ritual and repetition while employing domestic objects to evoke the invisible presence of the marginalized female.

Hug Me! is a continuously evolving interactive performance work. The performance involves the artist interacting with domestic objects as well as the audience. The iron ore objects have been collected through the artists’ on going association with a lohar (black smith) family in New Delhi.

Hug Me! was performed in January 2017 at the artist’ solo exhibition Angels in the Room, hosted and curated by the India Heritage Center, a heritage museum in Singapore as a satellite show during the Singapore Biennale.

Sukeshi moved to Boston from Singapore a year ago as a visiting artist and scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University. She explored her experience and sense of place by engaging with the community through a variation of the Hug Me! performed in March 2017 at a symposium, A Women’s Sense of Place, held at the Women’s Studies Research Center.

Artist Statement and Biography