Love in the Time of Choleric Capitalism with Agha Shahid Ali, Anant and MK Raina, Akshay Manwani, Compasswallah, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Felicie Beato, John Murray, Kush Badhwar, Lorena Herrera Rashid, Mona Gandhi, Mustansir Dalvi, Raul Irani, Sahir Ludhianvi, Simit Raveshia and Zohra Segal
Address: What About Art? 7 Baitush Apts, 1st floor, 29th Road, near Sigdi Restaurant, Bandra West, Bombay: 400050
Opening: Friday, September 19, 7.30 to 10 pm
Opening lecture: Akshay Manwani presents a lecture—Sahir Ludhianvi – A moment in our cinematic conscience?—in response to the provocations of the exhibition. 6 to 7.15 pm
Dates: September 19 through October 18, 2014 (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Hours: 11 am – 6 pm
Over a year and a half ago we found ourselves in Dibai, a small town on the outskirts of Delhi. From this, one of our first points of departures, we allowed associative thinking—which has forever been powering memory into connecting seemingly unrelated ideas—to take over.
In a heavily mapped out world, with combinatorial creativity as our loadstone, we found ourselves compulsively adrift in the midst of themes and/or provocations such as scale, monuments, art, context, ownership, love, capitalism, cholera, poetry, conflict, language, Marxism, exile and so much more.
Try checking for the ‘distance between Delhi and Dibai’ on a search engine and you will most likely be asked: Did you mean: Delhi to Dubai?
Next up you will be informed that the distance between the two megalopolises is 2,218 km or thereabouts. This suggestion/insinuation made by the search algorithm is telling.
The actual distance between the Indian capital and Dibai is a little over 150 km but you may as well multiply that distance by infinity because in a minutely mapped out world of global economies, Dibai is off the map.
Read the unabridged essay here: http://tinyurl.com/nhfek4t
Supported by What About Art?
Captions/ Details: Clockwise from featured image
I) Raul Irani, Untitled, 2014
II) Kush Badhwar, Six hours late to his signing in ceremony (and not invited either), 2014
III) Sahir Ludhianvi, Taj Mahal, 1943; Mona Gandhi, let’s see, 2014 ; Mustansir Dalvi, Translation, 2012
IV & V) Installation view
VI) Curatorial walkthrough with Gitanjali Dang
VII) Kush Badhwar, Work Starts Now, 2014