'Degenerate' & 'Identity Control' art exhibitions at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony > 17th May to 17th June 2014

Time : 
 17th May : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Opening
18th May to 17th June : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Sundays Closed) Add to Calendar 18-05-2014 11:00:00 17-06-2014 19:00:00 68 'Degenerate' & 'Identity Control' art exhibitions Event Page : http://goo.gl/mt7skl Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024 DD/MM/YYYY  - Exhibition on View

Entry : Free

Place : Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024
Venue Info : www.vadehraart.com | Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Lajpat Nagar(Violet Line)'

Event Description : Vadehra Art Gallery presents the following exhibition : 

Having grown up in a megalopolis, I move about with the constant awareness that things around me could explode any moment. The quivering metal frame of a BEST bus, like the mental frames of its passengers, is always at its breaking point. The plastic-chocked belly of the bored cow feeding from the garbage bin is about to erupt and the local train coming to a halt is going to disgorge a sea of humanity that it had for so long barely managed to contain within itself. Everything always appears to be bursting at its seams.

Unlike my parents – who grew up in villages with families of adopted stray dogs and who kept track of time with the help of the trains they could hear but not see – my generation and I are habituated to these continuous blowups and breakdowns. These explosions, however, are rarely spectacular. Mostly like blisters that pop one by one, they are simply symptoms of degeneration.

The works in this exhibition look at these symptoms sardonically. Giant cows invade Gurgaon (Jagannath Panda) and Yudhisthira’s clothes bleed synthetic color (Atul Bhalla). The past and the present swirl together to remind us how we have always readily inflicted violence on ourselves and our rivers, forests and wildlife. It is only in Ashim Purkayastha’s large work titled ‘Protest’ that we see anger towards this situation. But mostly we find humour, beauty and even peace in our daily explosions and at the thought of our eventual degradation. 

Artists : Atul Bhalla, Ruby Chishti, Minal Damani, Jagannath Panda, Ashim Purkayastha and B Ajay Sharma

Curator : Blessy Augustine

Identity Control

As technology develops, our private lives in the global data realms are less and less secure. The increasing policing and control of every individual’s actions is a reality we need to understand and always question. Whistleblowers such as Julien Assange and Edward Snowden have come forward to warn us of the dangerous practices of governments hand in hand with information companies towards the control of knowledge for power. Foucault’s panopticon prevails and we have given unlimited control to the Big Brother.

In this selection of works, artists deal with notions of policing, tracking, security, immigration, loss of individuality and rebellion, all of which are issues that affect us in more than one level. Shilpa Gupta’s photographic series treat issues referent to forces of control and security measures taken while people transit the globe as well as the transient concepts of borders and what we undergo while crossing them. Considering the same issues through the work Migration Patterns, Armando Miguelez has disguisedly taken photographs of the places where we are submitted to the most thorough identity controls, the immigration sections of airports. As a metaphor of crossing borders, these images taken in secrecy are also a portrait of a country’s fears and intimidation apparatuses.

In R.S.V.P (The Closet March) by Jitish Kallat, the artist uses a mirror arrangement as a means to multiply one’s self ad infinitum. This multiplication of the body is also present in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Performance Review UBS, a grid organising 750 different fingertips captured through an interactive piece named Pulse Index that uses high magnification surveillance technology as the one used at the immigration checkpoints.

Karthik KG, recently graduated from AUD, proposes an interactive audio-visual piece using a Kinect sensor and a special software that captures the presence of the visitor in the gallery space. X3 of white noise explores the idea of invisible mapping through technology earlier used by governments and police agencies to sense the presence of individuals in space, today these devices have become accessible to the larger public through games as the Wii and Kinect.

In The State of Affairs, Natalia Ludmila has reinterpreted a series of images she finds in the internet and the media relative to the recent protests around the world. Her watercolours portray protesters and police in empty backgrounds, giving their attitude an eerie feeling of helplessness.

Artists : Shilpa Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Karthik KG, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Natalia Ludmila, Armando Miguelez

Curator : Julia Villaseñor Bell

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'Degenerate' & 'Identity Control' art exhibitions at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony > 17th May to 17th June 2014 'Degenerate' & 'Identity Control' art exhibitions at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony > 17th May to 17th June 2014 Reviewed by Delhi Events on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Rating: 5

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