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Catharsis (2017)

Priya Rupra's performance Catharsis shows the artist combing through her hair with a Kanga (religious comb) then cutting her hair with an heirloom knife before placing it in a tray, taking it outside and burning it. 

This piece highlights the artist's need for a sense of identity. This personal performance shows traces of tradition and ritual. An action, usually done privately and in secret, demonstrated publicly. The culturally ritualistic carrying of the tray (reflecting a maiyan) as well as the burning of hair (mirroring cremation) undertones metamorphosis and transubstantiation. Both actions speak to the notion of a new life or reincarnation. 

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