The installation was triggered by a moment in the winter of 2016- when I emerged from my home into the Delhi smog to find myself engulfed in an unknowing situation of a demonetized and unsafe city environment. Here, I recreated that moment by evolving my experience into a question- what do we see when we are seeing?
The site-specific installation that triggers a sense of obscurity by involving visual, olfactory, physical as well as visceral senses. In blurring the boundaries of the square room and the border between the real and digital. The viewer is engulfed in the cloud, where the smog becomes a filter through which she encounters the space.
The installation attempts to make distance discernible and attempts to raise questions pertaining to agency, bodily tolerance and the positions we negotiate in the current times.
And I stayed there,
looking for the first time, from outside,
at the cloud that surrounded me every hour,
at the cloud I inhabited and that inhabited me,
and I knew,
in all the variegated world around me,
this was the only thing that mattered to me.
This installation was shown at Gati Dance Forum and was part of the show, "Regimes of Truth" curated by Shaunak Mahbubani. This in-progress viewing was part of Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2017 (CISA 17) initiated by Khoj International Artists' Association and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi.