western waters, 2020
Image Ohio, Roy G Bit Gallery, USA
the western waters photographic series is an ongoing project exploring the currents of the Birmingham canals in Great Britain. All photographs of this project are unedited other than their rotation. western waters are the mirrored surroundings of the canals, giving the images an eerie look into what a polluted sky would look like if we could see how human activities pollute our waters.
The 35 miles of water canals in the city are a flow of unwanted, discarded objects of the consumerist world, their presence a stark reminder of the permanence of man-made objects floating in the natural environment. When I walk along these canals and the mirrored trees and blue skies are interrupted, I ask myself how did they come to find themselves here, and more importantly why?
the travellers’ tree 2020
power play, Singapore Art House
the travellers’ tree takes the audience through a table conversation happening between four middlemen for a future business venture. The main narrator entertains his guests with stories of various cultural and political practices happening in the continent. The only female in the room, is the artist herself, she is used to reference and aid the telling of parts of the story.
The visuals of the work soothe the audience’s eyes with the gentle flopping of the travellers’ palm in the wind. The juxtaposition helps navigate the controversial topics on politics, woman and business practices of various countries, in an attempt to aid the acceptance of other cultural traditions despite one’s personal values. The narration is met with varying degrees of laughter, surprise and approval, but nonetheless dismissed with equal indifference.
The peaceful repetitive footage with time allows the eyes get comfortable, engaging the mind to visualise the narration. The video ends with the main narrator asking for the conversation to be kept within the table circle, highlighting the conversation is not as accepted as the laughing guests made it out to be.
disturbing the king’s peace 2020
Kesselhaus museum, Berlin
disturbing the kings’ peace, 2020 video work based off of the poems of imprisoned poet SG Saibaba, who is imprisoned in India for simply being an artist. Evoking during his freedom his sentiments of his nation in his art provoked his imprisonment. He, like the rest of my works for preserve memories – provide energy use “the now set aside”, giving the unused a voice, a space.
Is our current human condition to silence, discard, consume and blindly create with little awareness of the potential around us?
nested sequence 2017, Holden Gallery, UK
My mind incessantly questions the validity of things, the motives and the meaning of both actions and thoughts, without ever managing to reach a conclusion. In today’s world people are attempting every day to gain acknowledgements of their existence, through billions of daily uploaded data of segments of people’s life. Nested sequence, is a looped video of human extremities finding new interlocking gestures, exploring concepts such as confusion, development and understanding and It asks, of whom and of what can I say, I know that? With the idea that knowledge begins and ends only within those things that can be touched and is lost when there is any attempt to define them. For this reason, there needs to be allowance made for those who, without concluding, continue questioning.
the labour of our body and the work of our hands, 2017 Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK
the message has already ceased to exist 2017, AIVAF 2019, Shilpokola, Bangladesh National Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh