Residue of the performative act is with reference to time and historical notes to decode the time and related futuristic crisis of human civilization. Here, we have used the methods to understand the correlation of action and object (keeping in mind the various acts in history and war). according to my understanding, all objects have their own time and uses. In my last two years’ work, i have explored the performance, alternative photography installation, usage of images and sculptural objects and videos as a medium to understand the notion of performative acts through which we can trace the past and future.
Through my lens based performance,Drawing,Video,Sculpture,Installation . I will represent the mythological and historical symbolic references as a fictional narration of present time (through different acts evident in history of religious icons)
This is about how extremist right political parties are using religious patriotism (Hindutva), racial and communal issues for their political benefits. Such acts and other such leftover history related to it has helped me in defining the condition and situation of present India in India as well as the world. I have taken the word ”Mara” which means death from an anecdote about the creator of Indian epic Ramayan where it is described that when Valmiki was thief, he got a message from sky to write about the glorious life of lord Rama, after this message he started chanting ”mara” and in this process he kept chanting the word ”Mara”. After certain time when he realized his mistake, The actual name is “RAM ” at that moment, he got enlightened.
Another reference is from 1992 when RSS and their allied groups started asserting the concept of ”rama rajya” (and idealist state of the times of Rama) where everyone was happy and ethical. This agenda of such organizations is to make India a Hindutva Nation of one race and religion. They want to bring Ram Rajya again. In the same breathe, they demolished the Babri mosque to build a great temple for Rama (where they think there once existed a temple which Babur demolished in order to build a masjid/mosque). They claimed that it was the place where Ram was born, this demolition led to killings and riots in different regions of India. Therefore, I am using an icon of lord Ram to repereesent past and future aspects of time.
Now I see the word ‘Rama” as death(like Valmiki once chanted) where there is death of idol, civilization. It now represents a narrow understanding of religion and patriotism.
Screen shot form Video “Motherland and Other story “
The project in collaboration with Sreeraj tr ,Swasthikk korathi,Rizwan basheer,Gokul Balachandran,,Ravi Ranjan ,Kartik kumar,Pankaj Bhardwaj ,Shiv Kumar, Arfaaz kagalwala, Anita kumari, Sachin gond, Dastaan culture lab,Ayush Gupta,Alok kumar,Umesh kumar singh ,shivangi singh, Khurshid ahmad chand ,Tara Tamang