Art Installation I will have my cake and eat it too

Painting in expressionist style with two prone figures in green and white Ⓒ 2020 Ragini Chawla

Mon, 13.06.2022 -
Thu, 30.06.2022

Goethe-Institut Glasgow

Detail from work by Ragini Chawla

Consisting of recent works by Delhiite artist Ragini Chawla, I will have my cake and eat it too unfolds as an installation of paintings and drawings revolving around the themes of preservation, love, decay, family and structures of power and gender.

The exhibition title speaks of Ragini’s unique language adopted from her family’s sense of humour, playfully suggesting her wish to preserve people and their memories by holding onto objects. Thus inevitably defying the natural laws of decomposition, the artist is also confronted with the impossibility of the task.

Through intuitive painterly strokes and unmediated sculpting, figures, recipes and fruit peels inhabit the Goethe-Institut’s own Outhouse, transforming it into a space that brews an accidental hint of darkness and sense of suspension.

I will have my cake and eat it too is curated in collaboration with Ane Lopez.

Soft opening on 13th June with the artist present from 4 to 6pm. Closing reception on the evening of 30th June, 2022.

Ragini Chawla is an artist originally from Delhi and currently based in Glasgow. She completed a Master in Fine Arts from Glasgow School of Art in 2020 and a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara in 2018. Her practice consists of painting, drawing, sculpting and writing. She has recently exhibited works in India and Glasgow and her publications can be found in many different places including at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

Ane Lopez is a curator originally from Spain and currently based in Glasgow since 2015. In 2017 she completed a Masters in Communication Design at GSA and co-founded the art and ecology collective A+E upon graduation. Ane’s curatorial experience expands across disciplines with a focus on moving image. Her most recent curatorial project was the ecological strand Eco-
Spectrality for Glasgow Short Film Festival 2022. Ane is also currently working as the Programme Facilitator for Market Gallery.