New Delhi exhibitions. Vadehra Art Gallery is proud to present the exhibition Chronicles of Silence (Khamoshi ki Daastan) by artist BV Suresh. The exhibition will be on view from 3rd till 31st December 2015. Chronicles of Silence (Khamoshi ki Daastan) is an intermedia installation by BV Suresh curated by Pushpamala N, a well-known artist herself. This is Suresh’s second solo at the Vadehra Art Gallery, where he will be presenting an array of multimedia sculptures that have come to define his works.
In his second solo at the Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi, BV Suresh transforms the gallery space into a spectacular if dystopian landscape of the contemporary, creating a veritable ‘Animal Farm’ of grunting and snuffling pig noises, radio speeches, kinetic machines, crashing weights, radars and laser beams. The sculpture of an albino peacock presides over the whole thing, a blanched version of the national bird: the picture of an ‘outsider’ whose body is washed by the colors of hypnotically flickering video images while bits of cotton and feathers fly around. The work reflects with anger upon the place of the farmers, the minorities, the dispossessed and the outsiders in our world today.
Mechanized cotton gins, cotton beaters, torn garden nets, and modified versions of agricultural grain separators filled with feathers tumble, beat and rotate, casting great shadows on the walls. A hundred old radios placed on a bed of cotton blare forth the talks of the Leader, alternating with interviews of farmers. The old fashioned radio, famously close to the farmer and known to broadcast agricultural programmes chatters on its own – activated by sensors, oblivious of distress. Banks of scarecrow-like figures fitted with speakers make obscene porcine noises. The white peacock is overwhelmed again and again by brilliant landslides of cotton heaps, while weights crash down with raucous shrieks. The installation pulsates like a satirical ‘sound and light show’ about darkness.
For more than a decade B V Suresh has been intensely engaged in reflecting on the place of the minorities, dispossessed and marginalized in his paintings, videos and installations. In 2006, this resulted in a major exhibition Facilitating the Beast held at Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi which was a large installation around the metaphor of burnt bread, addressing the communal violence of 2002 in Gujarat. In the present exhibition, some of the burnt bread loaves made nine years ago in a local bakery are preserved in resin in little glass houses, and hung up with other miniature houses containing landslides of florescent saffron. Suresh as ‘artist-chronicler’ collects and distils these memories of the unspeakable.
Show Title: Chronicles of Silence (Khamoshi ki Daastan) by B V Suresh.
Curator: Pushpamala N.
Open to Public: 3 – 31 December 2015| Monday to Saturday | 11 am – 7 pm.
Venue: Vadehra Art Gallery D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024.