Behind the scenes



Cloth and stitching 280.0 × 204.0 cm

Between 2011-14, the artist engaged in the creation of numerous maps depicting various cities, drawing inspiration from both the historical and contemporary cartography of these places. Utilising recycled materials, such as small cloth remnants sourced from tailors and larger fabric pieces found at second-hand markets, the artist focused on creating a visual language making large-scale artworks that required certain technical expertise using her hands.

Khurana employs a verdant green background before stitching fragments of recycled cloth to create the birds eye view of Allahabad (now known as Prayagraj), complete with a body of water and vibrant pockets of habitation. Khurana’s approach to mapping is unique in the way she combines the historical and contemporary identities of the land.

Nidhi Khurana

About the Artist

Nidhi Khurana (b. 1980, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) is an artist based in New Delhi with a profound interest in the interplay between nature and urban landscapes. Central to her practice are maps and the concept of mapping, exploring themes of navigation, displacement, both personally and for society at large. Khurana’s art ranges from small-scale works on paper to large installations, incorporating found textiles and materials which add depth to her exploration of place and identity.

Traces of Existence: Places Between Places was Nidhi Khurana’s debut in the UK and ITERARTE’s inaugural exhibition (2024). Khurana has also shown in venues such as the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Westwerk, Hamburg. She has participated in several artist residencies abroad, at HBK Braunchweig, Germany and in Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as in India.

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