ARC SILT DIVE | The Works of Sheba Chhachhi
Curated by: Volte Arts Project
Book Launch | ARC SILT DIVE: The Works of Artist Sheba Chhachhi | Presented by Voltes Art Projects
Cultural theorist Nancy Adajania and artist Sheba Chhachhi will be in conversation with Dr. Shilpa Phadke (Assistant Professor, TISS)
Arc Silt Dive is about the work of Sheba Chhachhi; it maps her methods, the modes of address and inquiry in her photographs, animated lightboxes, videos and installations. Editorial anxieties circled around translating rich immersive experience of multidimensional installations into flat images, prose text and verbal description. Yet this change of medium need not be reductive. Rather, it may be seen as a bound moment in the peripatetic trajectory of installations which are frequently reworked and retested at different sites, and face new formal and contextual dilemmas in each.
The artworks reproduced in this book are not sequenced chronologically; rather, following arcs of connectivity and unexpected conjunction, they are reclustered thematically and visually, reinstalled along some of their own overlaps, intersections or displacements. Configural worlds, craked yet bound in / by affective relationship, the installations convey a sense of recursive reflection in the circulation of images, concepts, concerns, in which little seems to be permanently abandoned and much is reworked, often in technological mediums falling into market-induced obsolescence.
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About the artist
Sheba Chhachhi’s lens based works investigate contemporary questions: about gender, the body, the city, cultural memory and eco-philosophy, through intimate, sensorial encounters. Chhachhi began as an activist and photographer, documenting the women’s movement in India. By the 1990s, she was creating collaborative staged photographs, eventually turning to large multimedia installations. Her works retrieve marginal worlds: of women, mendicants, forgotten forms of labour, and often draw on pre-modern thought and visual histories, interweaving the mythic and the social. She experiments across the spectrum of durational mediums, from animated light boxes to virtual reality interactivity, creating immersive environments, which bring the contemplative into the political in both site-specific public art and independent works. Chhachhi has exhibited widely – in India, as well as in numerous international, biennales, triennials, and museum shows. Her works are held in significant public and private collections, including Tate Modern, UK, Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi, Bose Pacia, New York, Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art, India.
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and independent curator based in Mumbai. She was the co-artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, 2012. Selected curatorial projects include: Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, 2013–2016; Sacred/Scared, Latitude 28, New Delhi, 2014; and No Parsi is an Island, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, 2013.
Nancy has written and lectured extensively on art and the public sphere and transcultural art practices at venues including Documenta 11, Kassel, and the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She has proposed several new theoretical models and her essays appear in numerous books and anthologies. She has written consistently on the practices of four generations of Indian women artists. Her most recent publication, The Thirteenth Place: Positionality as Critique in the Art of Navjot Altaf (2016), goes beyond the mandate of a conventional artist monograph to map the larger histories of the Leftist and feminist movements in India.
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