Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron – Redux By Chintan Upadhyay
April 17, 2014 – May 31, 2014
Artworks in Exhibition
The works in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron – Redux derive less from the babies that form the more popular part of Chintan upadhyay’s oeuvre and more from his performative explorations, which are rooted in local socio-economic politics. A precursor to the present exhibition was a performance-installation by the artist on El Zonte beach in El Salvador in 2011 wherein he collected clothes from residents and laid them on the beach. The clothes filled with sand with each tide until they resembled bloated dismembered bodies, an unforeseen outcome for the artist and uneasy viewing for the local populace who have lived through decades of bloody politics.
The exploration of a socio-political scenario through hand-mades and ready-mades has reached maturation in this exhibition, and developed in response to the artists’ relocation to Delhi from Mumbai. In Delhi he observed the many shades of distinction between the lives of the residents and the migrants. As he watched and experienced class politics play out in every arena of daily life, he decided to centre his attention on spatial meanings. On the one hand there is the experience of the city, its inhabitants and infrastructure, its history and culture and its way of dividing people into the ‘belongers’ and ‘unbelongers’. On the other hand is the experience of home and it is here that he developed the idea of working with the craft of knitting, inviting multiple women to knit for him; their reflexive actions finally resemble toys or sculptures. By asking his mother, his sister, his friends Chintan attempts to close the gap between love and labour(er), recalling his childhood of living in a small space, where his mother loved and laboured.