- Interact With Art
Enactments and each passing dayCurator: Roobina Karode and Akansha Rastogi
On View from
9th September 2016 - 8th February 2017
15 Artists: Archana Hande, Bani Abidi, Gigi Scaria, Hitain Patel, Paribartana Mohanty, Pratul Dash, Rashid Rana, Rohini Devasher, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sheba Chhachhi, Shilpa Gupta, Sonia Khurana, Ranbir Kaleka, Vishal Dar and Vivan Sundaram.
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is pleased to present for the first time an exhibition dedicated only to video works. Theexhibition ‘Enactments and each passing day’ is presented conceptually as a choreography of scenes, actions, staging/s, sites and journeys by fifteen contemporary artists from different generations. It unfolds in loops of various enactments in the form of single-channel and multiple-channel videos, videosculptures, and large video installations. The exhibition showcases many importantworks from the collection including Ranbir Kaleka’s ‘Man Threading a Needle’ (1998-99) and Bani Abidi’s trilogy of videos ‘Mangoes’, ‘Anthem’ and ‘News’ made between 1999 and 2001, Vivan Sundaram’s ‘Black Gold’ (2014), Shakuntala Kulkarni’s ‘Julus’ (2015) and Sonia Khurana’s ‘Head Hand’ and the ‘Surreal Pond’. From Vivan Sundaram’s bed of detritus from fabled city of Muziris, the viewer is taken to a strange forgotten abandoned outpost of second World War off the U.K. coast, marked by huge metallic structures in Rohini Devasher’s video. Creating a performative space and evoking sites and places, the exhibition contests and negotiates between established binaries: rigidity of statehood/borders and the everyday, iconic and the frivolous, Mao and Gandhi, physicist and a miniaturist, artist and his double. It offers journeys to unknown and imagined terrains, that are speckled and marked with discreet and abstract presences, such as that of ShakuntalaKulkarni's army and procession of multiple selves/bodies in her immersive 4channel video work ‘Julus’ and Sheba Chhachhi’s mammoth elephant submerging or dissolving in water. If with her ‘Water Diviner, Sheba Chhachhi is evoking the loss and possible recovery of our cultural memory and eco-philosophy, Archana Hande’s video installation ‘The Golden Feral Trail’’ transforms the West Australian horizon into a screen displaying stories of nomadism, economic relations and loss of cultural identity. These enactments performed by actors/non-actors or artist-performers amidst a crowd or in solitude, in a ruin or remote landscapes, inside a workshop or a public space, are mappings of returns to the everyday. Each scene is a detour or an aberration from the familiar and creates a phantom zone that navigates through the stated binaries. The exhibition speaks through ascents and accents, dissolutions, dislocations, territorial claims, apocalyptic signs, body and the double, and public icons, inducing one to read simultaneously the readily visible and the suggested gestures. KNMA’s collection of video art initiated the shape and content for this exhibition, supplemented by loans from a fewmore artists. The exhibition allows video-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms, highlighting the medium’s specificity but diverse use. According to Mrs. Nadar, “As a collector and institution-builder, I’ve been following the forays of contemporary artists into a variety of mediums including video and digital arts. The KNMA collection has a substantial representation of cutting-edge artists and video artworks that are historically important, and mark the trajectory. This exhibition is our effort to bring attention and popularity to this medium of video art in the larger public domain.”