Behind the scenes


Basel (Autumn),

24 carat gold and silver on acid free paper 30.0 × 31.0 cm

In her recent work, the artist delves into the concept of a Map as an object with formal qualities of line, colour and shape. Maps serve as poignant reminders to the artist, of boundaries, cultures, nations and identities. Her maps are formal explorations; visual interpretations of places as layered tapestries. Maps are linear representations of physical spaces drawn according to scale. However, the representational nature of a map forces a simplification of the territory it represents therefore making it incomplete.

Khurana’s depiction of a map of Basel renders the city in silver, highlighting the Rhine in gold. Khurana emphasises the representational quality of maps and the inherent simplification of the territory they depict, thus rendering them incomplete.

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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