Chosen subject: Indian Buddhism
Group Mates: Chio Jo Inng, Alfred Yeo, Evangeline Ng, Lu Jia Xian
Museum Visited: Asian Civilisation Museum
Chosen Object: Gateway Bracket with four shalabhanjikas
Some cheeky snapchats I took when we visited the ACM! 😛
“Wanna be on top”- America’s next top model reference, haha.
You can identify Yakshi by her huge bosom, curvy figure and excessive pieces of jewellery.
We decided to appropriate this particular sculpture that we saw at the Asian Civilisation Museum.
Yakshi was traditionally considered a goddess of fertility because of her figure. However, in a modern context, such a voluptuous body would be linked to the idea of sexuality rather than fertility and baby making.
From what I have found, one of the modern interpretations was the Malampuzha Yakshi recently refurbished by Kanayi Kunhiraman, but was first created in 1969.
As you can see it presents her really provocatively from my viewpoint.
We thought it would be interesting to remove Yakshi from her past context to bring across the exploitation of a woman’s body for sexual purposes. To make this point stronger, we decided to create a FHM cover featuring Yakshi.
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