Lubna Chowdhary
Softswitch (2017)

Glazed ceramic.
19 x 38 x 1 cm.
Edition of 15 works, accompanied by signed and numbered certificate.


About the work

For the Whitechapel Gallery, Ceramicist Lubna Chowdhary has generously created a new ceramic edition entitled Softswitch to accompany the exhibition Eduardo Paolozzi, 16 February – 14 May 2017.

Chowdhary’s edition makes visual reference to the digital switch on technological devices. Its title ‘Softswitch', refers to a particular software technology and also describes the dissolving softness of the ceramic glaze. 


About the artist

Chowdhary is known for her ceramic works which employ a variety of precisely controlled hand-glazing techniques to create unique modular compositions of colour, texture and pattern. In her practice Chowdhary balances technological and manual techniques, assimilating ideas and aesthetics from both east and west.

Chowdhary was a student of Eduardo Paolozzi at the Royal College of Art whilst he was a tutor in the ceramics department.  Paolozzi was a mentor to Chowdhary, with whom she shared an interest in both anthropology and technology. During her MA Chowdhary received Paolozzi's travel scholarship to travel to India, which proved to be instrumental in re-connecting the artist and her work to her cultural roots.

Selected exhibitions

Lubna Chowdhary was born in Tanzania; she arrived in the north of England in 1970. She has a BA Hons from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Masters degree in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art in 2001. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in Ceramics.  Recent selected group exhibitions include:  PAD London with Gallerie Yves &Victor Gastou, 2015; Design Days Dubai, 2014; Simply by Hand, 2012; Collect-Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011. Her work is held in public collections including: Mead Gallery, Warwick; Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Nottingham Castle Museum; Abingdon Museum, Oxfordshire; Poole Museum, Dorset.

Whitechapel Gallery editions are generously donated by the artists. All proceeds from the sale of these works directly support our exhibition and education programmes.

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