Curated by artist and independent curator Bose Krishnamachari, the India Platform at Art Stage Singapore 2014 with ‘Nothing, No Thing!’ as the theme explores an eclectic mix of works by contemporary artists from India. The theme explores an existential crisis in the face of multiple choices of a brave new world, at once promising that might just descend into nothing.
Jitish Kallat: Circadian Rhyme- 4, 2012-13, is a set of 12 pairs of diminutive figurines engaged in various stages of one figure frisking the other. The actions are both calculatingly real and absurd, drawing attention to our indulgence in a perpetual fear psychosis in the world today.
Paribartana Mohanty: The video Apparatus, 2012, bears an uncomfortable and seizure-like rush with the constant flashes emitting from an array of antique cameras stranded in the middle of a barren landscape. The cameras are made to stand out like violent agents acting on our senses, reminiscent of paparazzi or selfie-obsessed cameras.
Pooja Iranna: Continuing with her trajectory of working with architectural forms and motifs in digital works as well as sculptures, this new digital work Unremitting Expansion 1, 2013, shows the superimposition of a residential building on a stack of bricks. The work confuses about the stability/instability that urban development might aspire and ultimately bring in the face of ground realities of migration and poverty.
Raghava KK: Known for his giant watercolours that are painted with his feet and hands, the former cartoonist Raghava KK brings to life deadbeat truths about society and politics on his canvases. The edginess of Redrawing the Map, 2012, is provided with a surreal touch to both cartoonish as well as real characters from politics and history.
Sahej Rahal: Working with multiple incorporations of sculpture and performance in video, Forerunner, 2013, traverses several narratives and passages from the author Jorge Luis Borges to imagined accounts of a Tughlaq-era hunting lodge in Delhi, referencing legends, history and popular culture like Star Wars.
Sakshi Gupta: Composed of cast cement, iron sheet and bird feathers, Strange Beginnings-1, 2013, shows an intricate relief of trees and foliage, intertwined with actual animals and mythical creatures along with the adoration of bird feathers, linking the mythical and the real.
Art Stage Singapore is on from January 16 to 19, 2014, at 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore. Visit www.artstagesingapore.com for more.