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Clark House (Bombay)

Exhibition Detail
'equality/inequality' series
8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road)
400039 Bombay

January 27th, 2013 - February 28th, 2013
installation at Clark House, Yogesh BarveYogesh Barve, installation at Clark House,
© Courtesy of the artist & Clark House (Bombay)
Daily 11am-7pm

Yogesh's father is a signal guard on Bombay's local trains. Yogesh often traverses the city with him, at the fag end of the train, staring at the mixture of speed and lines, as the horizon diminishes and parallel tracks appear to meet. This experience is often translated into his works where he uses the idea of speed to create visual experiences. His ongoing public project in Vasai College 'salt and Equal' replicates the illusion of the tracks meeting, and extends a work, 'equality/inequality', that was installed at the International Studio & Curatorial Program New York in November 2012 where a pencil line runs across a row of inequally-placed, equally-sized cut-outs of orange paper.

In a new work, installed at Clark House, drapes made of sheets of ruled yellow note paper hang from the walls, placed close to each other and measured exactly, so that the ruled lines move seamlessly across the drapes. Here movement is introduced by a ceiling fan, which lifts the thin paper sheets and disrupts the still drapes causing breaks in the continuity of lines. A detail - that the work was installed in time for a flag hoisting in the vicinity - may open up a reading of the work, as a mute observation of biases in society that impede measures of affirmative action guaranteed by the Constitution. The three works are comments on various permutations of inequality despite presumed measures of equality.

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