Project 88 is pleased to announce Bani Abidi’s first solo in Mumbai titled Section Yellow.
The inspiration for the title of this show comes from bureaucratic reins that one has to face while crossing boundaries. In keeping with her earlier works like ‘RESERVED’, ‘Security Barriers A- L’ and ‘Intercommunication Devices, Abidi continues to explore notions regarding spaces, objects and situations that exert control over societies.
As an artist Abidi is conceptual in her approach and works primarily with video and photography. Her works often consist of humorous moments from everyday life which she employs to comment on various political and cultural situations that concern her. The video and photographic works in the show Section Yellow are about people who are going elsewhere.
The exhibition consists of her new video titled The Distance from Here. The work is a glance at the psychological effects that the entire process has on applicants queuing in lines to apply for visas. Through multiple frames and gestures Abidi builds up an anatomy of preparation, anxiety and patience. The entire video is a play on coercion using migration as a metaphor.
Additionally, the exhibition also comprises sets of photographic works, Exercise in redirecting lines, Untitled and One of Two.
Bani Abidi was born in Pakistan and divides her practice between New Delhi and Karachi. She graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1994 and completed her Master’s from Art Institute of Chicago, in 1999. Her works have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows such as ‘Karachi’, Green Cardamom, London 2010, ‘Where Three Dreams Cross', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; The X Lyon Biennale 2009, Lyon, France; 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008, Kwangju, South Korea, among others. Her works are in the collections of MoMA, New York and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, and other private collections. In 2011 she will be artist in residence at the prestigious DAAD Artists –in –Berlin programme.
Project 88, will be hosting a talk titled Redirecting the lines – A conversation between Bani Abidi and Johan Pijnappelin association with Jnanapravaha on 15th September 6 pm onwards at Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai – 400001.
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