Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Budapest, Hungary (28th Dec to 11th Jan 2010)

“Terms of cultural engagement, whether antagonistic or affiliative, are produced performatively. The representation of difference must not be hastily read as the reflection of pre-given ethnic or cultural traits set in the fixed tablet of tradition. The social articulation of difference, from the minority perspective, is a complex, on-going negotiation that seeks to authorize cultural hybridities that emerge in moments of historical transformation.”
Homi K. Bhabha: the Liminal Negotiation of Cultural Difference.
Photography of the details by Neil Chowdhury
Evolution of Budapest-II, 2010, 24X32cms, Collage


Evolution of Budapest-I, 2010, 24X32 cms, Collage.


Some Work in process.......... Gouache on Paper. 24X32 cms.

                        Site-Specific Installation 'De-Mark'  in France @PAF Chapel

16th to 27th dec 2009
Demarking in France is an idea that is rooted to my past. Being born into a second generation christian family in a multi cultural and religious atmosphere my thoughts manifested into philosophical inquiries about my life. The aspect of living in a culture (multi) with beliefs that were introduced by Europeans was a challenging part to my entire life and existence which questions every act I perform consciously or otherwise. The element of red thread is intended to evoke a sense of space which has demarcative forces and associated values as dogmas. This can be viewed as those pertaining to the aspects of spacial dynamics and as values in a Hindu ritual in India. These ritualistic performances became a part of me existing as memories which instilled a sense of cultural value to which I was a witness. Thus a whole gamute of religions, customs, rituals and belief systems are brought into play in this installation.

Some Views from my window in France.

The Snow walkIn the silence of the woods
a flake of snow rests on my nose
but vanishes with my heat
like a dew drop that melts
before falling to the ground.
The snow moulds and casts
blended by the walk,
ruptured by the twigs
that fall under my weight.
A crack fills the silence
while a ruffled leaf makes a resilience
step by step the journey is made
with every movement
contended in the moment of space.
The deep valley forming a wall behind
That encloses a thought so deep
Opening a vista so wonderful and breathtaking.

December 7th to 14th, 2009'Devolution #3', Live Performance, Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda.
Duration: 20 min.
Devolution # 3 examines and attempts to conceptualise the idea of consciousness about our life in general. Science, technology, religion and philosophy are identified as elements affecting the process of evolution. I believe that this process of evolution sometimes needs a force that could allow us either to enhance it or to resist it to analyse and realise its potential to generate some meta-narratives within this process.
Faculty Students participated (responded positively for which I am thankful to) in this collective project by contributing their ideas of our 21st century human race. Reflection tags were tied to the project as comments, reactions and responses to reinforce the good thoughts and intentions. The act of circumbulating the Banyan tree with a red thread is an act intended to evoke good will energies and vibrations for the sake of spiritual human devolution. This act has connotations to India rituals (particularly for married women) which are a part of its tradition and culture. This is still practiced (21st C) in some parts of traditional India.

"De-mark' :Installation, Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, M S University, Baroda, India.
11th Dec 2009. Gallery dimension: 40x40X10 mtrs. material used: 2chairs, one table with white cotton cloth. the entrance to the gallery was blocked with a transparent plastic sheet on which my statement is printed.

The politics of space defined by the rules of ‘power’ become operational in territorializing places; assigning them with the status that befits those who dominate, as a race, gender or culture. Spaces are assigned with an intrinsic material value that defined the human existential dogma. It has always played a dominating role in locating, disseminating, addressing and percolating issues relating to invasions, occupations and settlements. This has inevitably evoked a sense of distance-proximity and familiar-alienation, demarcating the spaces into places with imaginary boarders and boundaries that are at times political and extraneous to the human existential needs for life.

December 7th to 14th

9th December, 2.00 pm Lecture on Performance Art-Western Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda.
10th December, 11.00 am, 'Devolution#1' -Live Art,Fine Art Faculty Banyan Tree, MSU, Baroda.

11th December, 11.00 am- 'De-Mark', Installation, FFA Gallery, M S University, Baroda.
12th December, 10.00 am, slide/lecture Presentation on 'Drawing',