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Suchitra Mattai: Monster

Unit London, London

Tue 11 Jan 2022 to Sat 12 Feb 2022

3 Hanover Square, W1S 1HD Suchitra Mattai: Monster

Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm

Artist: Suchitra Mattai

Unit London presents a solo exhibition from Suchitra Mattai, titled Monster and curated by Rebecca Hart. For her debuting exhibition at the gallery Mattai employs memory, myth and fantasy to unravel historical narratives and shine a light on the struggles of those affected by social and cultural bias.


Girl in green (asking for forgiveness)

Suchitra Mattai

Girl in green (asking for forgiveness), 2021

Vintage saris and fiber, trim

1168.4 × 2184.4 × 0.0 mm

218.44 cm x 116.84 cm

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Forward thinking in an age of sadness

Suchitra Mattai

Forward thinking in an age of sadness, 2018

Mixed media on headboard

1041.4 × 685.8 × 0.0 mm

68.58 cm x 104.14 cm

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Suchitra Mattai

Guardian, 2021

Vintage saris and gate

1220.0 × 4880.0 × 1220.0 mm

488 cm x 122 cm x 122 cm

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Suchitra Mattai

Monster, 2021

Acrylic on vintage fabric, home made broom

1219.2 × 1625.6 × 0.0 mm

162.56 cm x 121.92 cm

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Seen and heard

Suchitra Mattai

Seen and heard, 2021

Found objects

381.0 × 533.4 × 381.0 mm

53.34 cm x 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm

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Installation Views

In her multidisciplinary practice Mattai works with textile installation, tapestry, cutout and portraiture as a way to visualise the multiple cultural spheres that she inhabits as an artist of Indo-Caribbean descent. In this exhibition, Mattai explores the way in which society alienates immigrants and people with a mental illness, by “monstering” them.

“For Suchitra Mattai, memory, myth, and fantasy provide a platform to explore lived experience in all of its rich guises. She confronts biases by naming them and opening a visual and conceptual arena where she creates a spectacle that lodges in our psyches. She invites us to explore our own monsters, especially how we are involved with othering and mental health metrics. Her Indo-Caribbean heritage and feminist position inform choices for materials and symbols that resonate deeply, inviting empathetic identification with her subject, the monstrous.”
- Curator, Rebecca Hart, previously Modern and Contemporary Art Curator of the Denver Art Museum

Courtesy of the artist and Unit London

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