Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Life of a Double"/ "Life of a Situation", a video performance by Pratul Dash

On a specific site inside the zoo, Pratul Dash starts performing. He arranges some found object and makes the space in a semi-ritualistic manner. Then he pulls out the threat out of his shoes and starts tying his neck and head with that thread. He acted similar ways in his earlier engagements. For example, "Life of a Double", a video performance by Dash, take a more comprehensive look at various dimension of the migration issue. 

Pratul Dash is one of the noted contemporary artists of India today. In short period, he has been able to mark his presence in the art landscape of this country. He is one of the very few artists in India who are working through multiple channels, including painting, video art, performance art, photographic art, earth art, installation, and sculpture. His solo exhibition is coming up in a major gallery in Switzerland to be inaugurated by the Director of the department of Culture of Switzerland.

He has held six solos in major art galleries of India, participated in about two dozen shows curated by noted curators of the country; he has participated in a number of major art camps and residency programmes. He is recipient of the prestigious Inlakes Foundation award for which he went to Italy for further studies in fine arts. He has travelled abroad a number of times in connection with various international events.

Pratul is widely acknowledged for raising the issue of damage we are doing to our environment, ecology, planet earth, and society at large. He is artistically concerned about the immigration of labourers to cities and the sub-human conditions of living, as the expanding cities encroach upon the surrounding green covers and eco-systems.

The performance was under R. A. P. E. 2012 (Regional Art, performance and Events) activities, initiated by Kankhowa and BlackRice.

1 comment:

  1. I pondered to myself recently what were the most important things in my life. The answer seems to be clear that art was up there in importance. Why? Frankly, I don't really know. May be someone here can enlighten me?
    As was my wont w
    hen I have some free time, I browsed the marvelous site,, where they keep thousands of digital images for customers to select to have printed into handsome canvas prints for their homes.
    This image jumped out to jolt my reveries: Still life with bread, by the Cubist Georges Braque. Is art like this picture, as essential as bread and water, or should I say bread and wine?