On Friday, November 13, White Room (1240 9th St NW #200) will begin a new series of sharing their creative space with local artists. Tehreema Mitha will open her solo show with a reception on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Mitha will share the full body of her work that deals with culture, time and transition. The exhibition will be on display for three weeks, by appointment only, until December 7, 2015 and open with a reception this Saturday, November 14, from 4:00-6:00 PM.
Tehreema Mitha was born in Pakistan and grew up in a home full of paintings, books, music and lively debate. Despite growing up in the Muslim tradition, she studied many religions, read widely, trained in the Classical South Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam from the age of seven under the tutelage of her mother (a Christian Bengali) and learnt classical North Indian vocals.
In college Mitha was able to explore her interest in drawing and painting. Society was becoming increasingly conservative and more fundamental view of Islam became the norm, Mitha gained entry to The National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1982. While studying there, she obtained her BA in Philosophy and English Literature from Kinnaird College, and after the four-year course, left NCA in 1986 with her MA in Fine Arts.
In her work, Mitha is not afraid of bold colors and their varied combinations. It is part of her heritage. While she loves and respects color, she does not wish to cover every surface with it when a negative space can speak volumes. The illusions in her work come from a culture that is ancient in its roots but still forges ahead, reinventing itself in all parts of the known globe. Her work addresses the confusion often found in our transient world, by taking on a soothing abstraction into which any spectator can find their own meaning and can pretend to make their own. Mitha celebrates the mingling of pasts and present, while leaving the future open
The White Room is a private-use creative studio in downtown Washington, DC. The space is used for photography, video production and intimate events. Tucked between 9th Street and Blagden Alley in Shaw, the White Room has become part of a thriving community in Washington, D.C. The White Room hopes to share their space with local artists and connect with the creative community of D.C. on a regular basis.