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December 3, 2021  –  February 25, 2022

Band, Bond, Bend, and Bind is a site-specific installation project created by Ghosh in response to the interior architecture of Hawthorn Contemporary. Grounded in feminist critique, the work acts as a material metaphor for the accretive strategies used to transmit, maintain, and reinforce nationalist ideology across time and space. A complex of beaded strands and cloth ties cordons off a bounded space, barring access to the center through the tensile arrangement of materials.


Surabhi Ghosh is an artist and educator based in Montreal, Quebec. Using repetitive actions like stitching, cutting, and beading, Ghosh exploits the tensions and imperfections in handmade patterns to give material and spatial form to cyclical narratives of pride and shame. Incorporating her experiences as a North American descendant of South Asian ancestors, her recent work investigates the transmission of cultural identity and nationalist ideology to and from the diaspora.


Ghosh is Associate Professor of Fibres & Material Practices in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. Recent projects have been exhibited at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, and Heaven Gallery in Chicago. Upcoming solo exhibitions will take place at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, P. E. I., and the Maison des arts de Laval, Quebec.

Hawthorn Contemporary, located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is an art venue dedicated to presenting experimental and exploratory contemporary art. 

Hawthorn Contemporary
706 South 5th  Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204 USA

Opening Reception Hours: 6 PM - 9 PM Friday, December 3, 2021

Regular Daytime Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM Friday, Saturday

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