Neeta Madahar received her MFA from the Museum School
at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2003. As a British citizen of Indian
descent who has lived and worked in the U.S., Madahar constantly refers to
themes of migration and transition throughout her work.
Madahar's thesis project entitled Sustenance gained immediate interest and
was shown at the Arles Festival curated by Martin Parr in 2005, followed by
shows in Boston, London, and Germany. In this project, Madahar examines the
complexities of the domestic environment through her exploration of the various
bird species that gather to feed at her home in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Using a large-format camera, Madahar juxtaposes contrasting ideas of familiarity
and strangeness, belonging and migration, and prolonged routine and repetition.
Madahar continues to work with nature in her second project Falling (2005),
tapping into associations with childhood and dreamlike states of the imagination
as she documents the each stage of the flight and landing of a sycamore leaf.
In her next series, Cosmoses (2005-2007), Madahar built on several ideas explored
in Sustenance and Falling, investigating the ambiguity between what is real
or found as opposed to what is constructed as she emphasized the interplay
between repetition and chance and the transformational journeys of nature
and time. The series consists of large-scale photograms of origami cosmos
flowers. In her current project, Flora, Madahar portrays various women enveloped
in flower arrangements, creating an empowering satire of the patriarchal associations
of nature with femininity.