Project 88 and Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai are pleased to announce Propositions: On Text and Space II, an exhibition of light installations and video by Zuleikha Chaudhari.
Propositions: On Text and Space II is based on texts from Roland Schimmelpfennig's play "Before/Afterwards".
Schimmelpfennig’s fragmented stories suggest how personal and internal histories and experiences reflect a changing world that is constant invention, constant failure, constant effort; constant flux. The text reflects people and their engagement with space. Creating a relationship between the private unconscious emotional life of human beings and physical landscapes. The installation maps these spaces that are suspended between the real and the imagined. It eliminates the presence of the performer in performance and investigates the nature of
narrative in text, space and light.
Zuleikha Chaudhari’s work as a theatre director is essentially an investigation into the nature of performance. It explores how images are constructed and experienced: what is the relationship between the text and performer, the dynamics between performer and space, how narratives are created and understood, and finally, the role of the spectator in the performative experience. At the same time, it is also an exploration of space and the part space plays in the construction and experience of narratives – whether it is the space of the human body or the space of the place within which the performance takes place. She explores and develops a series of questions to
do with the interruption of the narrative structure, the fragmentation of the mimetic relationship between text and movement, the relationship between the body and space, the texture of the performative space itself, the quality of the performative body and the nature of viewing experience.
Her light installations have, so far, been created as environments in which it is possible to view the performer from multiple perspectives - as a sculptural element in space and/or as a site for emotive expression, with the dynamics between the performer and spectator constantly changing, depending on the varying spatial relationships.
Zuleikha is the recipient of Sangeet Natak Academy (National Award) YUVA PURUSKAR, 2007, Charles Wallace India Trust Award, 2001/2002, The Rotary Club Youth Excellence Award for Theatre, 1999. She is also a Visiting Faculty (Scene Work) at the Dramatic Art and Design Academy, New Delhi and is part of the KHOJ International Artists Association - Advisory Artists Group (2007-)
Credits: Sound installation: Ish Shehrawat (Sound Reasons Records) including works by Ryuta K and 4th World Orchestra; Video: Priya Sen; Performance and Choreography (Video): Padmini Chettur; Production: Shrey Prakash.
TEXTS READ BY: Jyotsna Uppal, Manish Chaudhari, Monica Narula, Rahaab Alllana, Rehaan Engineer and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.