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Artist Nikhil Chopra will perform Rouge, a durational live action drawing.
Following the performance Nikhil Chopra will be in conversation with Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate Modern.
FREE, come along
Nikhil Chopra trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda before continuing his studies in the United States. His work toes the line between performance, theatre, live art, sculpture, photography and drawing, often in the form of largely improvised and durational performances with large-scale drawings and props left as remnants. Chopra frequently addresses issues of identity, autobiography and the disparity between urban and rural landscapes in colonial and postcolonial contexts. For instance, in 2009–10, he performed under the persona of Yog Raj Chitrakar, a fictitious landscape painter based on the artist’s grandfather. In his own words, the artist’s performance as Chitrakar, which translates from Hindi as ‘picture-maker’, enabled him to explore personal memories and collective histories of being ‘hung over by the nostalgia for the British Raj yet reeling in the success of the Indian freedom struggle’.
Through photography, sculpture, painting, performance and film, ‘Homelands’ tells stories of migration and resettlement in South Asia and beyond, as well as violent division and unexpected connections. The exhibition engages with displacement and the transitory notion of home in a region marked by the repercussions of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, and the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, as well as by contemporary migration. The artists explore intimate and political histories, often contesting borders, questioning common pasts and imagining new futures.
The galleries are fully accessible. They are situated on the ground floor and can be accessed by stairs or a ramp from the entrance area.
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Image: Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing X (Part I, 14:00). Costumes: Loise Braganza. Photography: Shivani Gupta and Vinita Agarwal. Image courtesy: the artist and Chatterjee & Lal