Masquerade 1 (triptych), 2019
Tryptich Part 1
30 x 90 cm each
Nirveda Alleck was born in Mauritius in 1975. Her work addresses the human subject in multiple contexts, using a range of media and art forms such as paintings, videos, installations and performance. She is active on the international art scene and has taken part in numerous artists’ workshops and art residencies, including in Namibia, South Africa, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritius and the United States, among others. Nirveda has participated in a large number of international exhibitions, including Diplomatic Immunity in New York in 2001, the 11 th Triennale India, the 2009 Pan-African Arts Festival in Algeria, the Francophonie Games in Beirut, the Arts Actuels Biennale in Reunion Island, the World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, and Art Basel. She has received awards including the Bank One Emma Award in Arts and Culture in Mauritius and the Soleil d’Afrique Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale 2010. Nirveda currently lives and works in Mauritius. She is a lecturer in Fine Arts at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute.
Her series entitled Masquerade is a transposition of cultural practices onto others, albeit willing participants to the experimental process of transformation and cultural appropriation. It is a continuation of the exploration of insular identities through a process of responding to the immediate spaces and experiences that point out to the insular condition- both its isolation, and its fragility.