Language, hospitality and discomfort in the work of Mithu Sen

mOTHERTONGUE is a dense, mid-career survey of Bengal-born artist Mithu Sen that escapes simple definitions.
Mithu Sen at ACCA

Bengal-born, New Delhi-based artist Mithu Sen’s latest solo exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is a dense, multilayered mind map that draws from her past two decades of practice.

ACCA is once again transformed, moulded to the breadth of works presented in Mithu Sen: mOTHERTONGUE. It’s worth mentioning how well these works inhabit the space, considering Sen’s works are oftentimes critical towards institutions and their structures of organisation.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_