Himali Singh Soin

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looks, on one hand, like an anatomical drawing of weight and balance, and on the other, like a tree, a constellation, a system of before and after, a ladder or a scale. The criss-crossing lines perhaps allude to earthly entanglements and the elusiveness of total symmetry. Like the drawing, its analysis might be equally simple and complex. It is no wonder then, that Da Vinci is one of Rachel Garrard’s influences. In her art, the human body and mind and the unseeable unknown become a microcosm... [more]
Altered States and Multiple Identities: A Performance Festival Questions the Multiverse   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Wysing Arts Centre September 5th, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Posted 9/16/15
The poetics of the multiverse are, appropriately, myriad. Some argue it is another capitalist machine of endless reproduction—an assembly line of universes—and a theory perpetuating need, consumed in abundance like goods. Others find it humbling, a relief from an anthropocentric view of consciousness on Earth.  The idea that there are several universes, the multiverse is inaccessible and possibly equally lifelike, has returned to contemporary discourse in the recent decade, post-Marx,... [more]
In , Italo Calvino illustrates, with the aid of an Italian folktale, how love might be a force of attraction that holds the very craft of a story that brings seemingly disjunct events together. King Charlemagne, spellbound by a ring, falls in love with whoever possesses it: a young girl, an old man, and finally, a lake. “To hold this chain of events together, there is a verbal link, the word 'love' or 'passion,' which establishes a continuity between different forms of attraction. There is also... [more]
—Ernst Mach, Mach’s Principle   So here we are, algae in water, growing out of stillness and forming slippery connections everywhere. As we slither, rust, and our stomata breathes, we form mycelial nets, so that we, eukaryotes enclosed in membranes, are inextricably linked with the water, the rock, the air, the ether of every interface with which we exchange nutrients. Let us then imagine that these membranes are neurological molecules of the mind: consciousness. We live the world in... [more]
Vikings and Panthers: A Parisian Subculture in Photographs   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gilles Elie Cohen at Addict Galerie February 5th, 2015 - April 25th, 2015
Posted 4/9/15
There’s a weed smokin’ bass thrumming pill poppin’ party ashin’ whiskey drinkin’ boy in the back. P’tit Jean lights a spliff and takes a swig and says, “get me into trouble now.” A hard won laughter heats the door knobbin’ dance floor as skirts swirl with sex, limbs long and longing, and spit stings songs. For a hot sec there is no silence and no fight. This is a document of Paris in the 80s—but it could be New York or London or even Bombay or Cairo—tracking life from the center of the... [more]
  Each year, we select one of our very talented writers to take up residence for a month at our Paris residency. 2015 welcomes Himali Singh Soin to the residency. See below to learn about Himali and her project. ArtSlant is also pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the Summer 2015 term of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency. This term will take place during the months of July/August 2015 and includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and... [more]
Frieze London: Overheard at the VIP Preview   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
London Exhibitors at Frieze London October 14th, 2014 - October 18th, 2014
Posted 10/15/14
Here is a series of eavesdroppings from the first day of the Frieze Art Fair. A pleasure and a parody of itself, the fair is a collection of arms and legs and moans and groans tumbling and trellising over each other. The atmosphere is absurd from the upstart: people want to buy a line, a point, an idea, an experience. This carnival is both carnivorous and celebratory. The reactions to the work and random parley make up a tantalizing network of conversation, collaboration, and cacophony. If we... [more]
The Whole Truth - Lawrence Abu Hamdan   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Caroline Bergvall, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, KP Jayasankar, Amar Kanwar, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Anjali Monteiro, Pallavi Paul, Mithu Sen at KHOJ International Artists' Association January 15th, 2014 - February 15th, 2014
Posted 2/22/14
You avert your eyes when I ask you if you're really no longer in love with those that broke your heart. You twitch a little after you've stolen, heave and churn inside before accepting that job you don't want. It is the gap between the truth and your realisation of it that makes for dramatic irony, that makes for the narratives within which you swallow and strut through life. And if you lived sensitively, the truth – the direction of the grain upon which it's all written – reveals itself.... [more]
The Librarian: An Imagined Monologue for an Installation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Zuleikha Chaudhari, Boris Nikitin at Indira Gandhi National Centre For Arts February 1st, 2014 - February 6th, 2014
Posted 2/8/14
Also the real thing Insert 2014. Insert 2014 is a series of installations and lectures that navigate the in-betweenness of our grand, idealistic, metaphoric and harsher, earthlier, immediate realities. It is curated by Raqs Media Collective. Also the real thing is a pathway, a process. Navigating multiple dialectics, the performance, in which the viewer has no choice but to be complicit, navigates two types of buildings, an auditorium in which stories are delivered with the body and a... [more]
This is where a poem enters. After the introduction, before the conclusion. It does not need to tell the whole story, just as it can tell as much of its tale in the space where the line leaves off, empty cavities anticipating pause. This was going to be a meditation on the relationship between art and poetry, and the value of the ekphrasis, a poem that evokes the momentum and meaning of a work of art. Could a piece of text, both literally and visually, really reflect the rhythm of the image... [more]
Child's Play   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Hema Upadhyay at Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati February 9th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
Posted 2/20/13
Like nursery rhymes about the black plague or fairy tales about dictatorial empires, here is a site-specific installation that employs a colorful playfulness in form to access dark and grave content. Galerie Espace Typographie in Paris, where Hema Upadhyay first recreated this dioramic view of miniature slum dwellings in Bombay, is a former textile godown, with natural lighting from a roof made of glass, with echoes from walls made of stone and appearing as a construction or storage site with... [more]
: Kiran Subbaiah was not born in 1971 in Karnataka, India. He did not complete an MFA in sculpture at The Royal College of Art in London, and neither did he graduate with an undergraduate degree in sculpture from The University of Baroda. He hasn’t shown all over the world, especially not recently at the Centre Pompidou, Serpentine, Bose Pacia, Thomas Erben, among others. He did not receive the Unesco Aschberg Bursary or the Inlaks scholarship. And lastly, he has not been written about in... [more]
I once imagined what it would be like to disappear. From the earth, society, my self. To be a hole. And what it would be like to exist so completely, that I could be omnipresent, on earth, in society, to my self. Whole. And it was with Georgia that I experienced this.   We went, along with Jim Benn, a fellow ArtSlant writer, to see Yayoi Kusama's retrospective at the Pompidou while I was visiting Paris, but we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. We had no idea that we would... [more]
No sleep till Brooklyn, I chanted all summer, racing against the night, elbow and index finger at right angles to the page, the arithmetic of the numbers on the top corners of Marcel Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’ teasing me as they ascended, stopped, and started again with each volume. In shedding notions of linear or real-time, and therefore morality, I was forced to exist outside—the landscape, the book, myself, you. The last volume is called , arrived at after, of course, significant... [more]
Someone Else’s Home Alone   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gautam Bhatia, Niyeti Chadha, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Abir Karmarkar, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Prajakta Potnis, Mithu Sen, Praneet Soi, Hema Upadhyay at The Loft At Lower Parel May 23rd, 2012 - July 14th, 2012
Posted 7/17/12
What is it that makes me ‘me’ and you ‘you'? Broken down to the basic unit, rounded off to the last decimal point, what of us will remain if our being, this Sisyphean burden we bear daily, is removed quite out of the blue? A few strands of hair on the bed we sleep in, the smell of skin under the sheets, our well dug footprints on the soles of shoes, tossed indelicately once beyond the familiar threshold of home. And perhaps a note. Poignant in its brevity and aptly mystifying. But will... [more]
26 Down   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sathyanand Mohan at The Guild Art Gallery April 13th, 2012 - May 26th, 2012
Posted 4/22/12
Sathyanand Mohan’s series of twenty-six playful photographs, Abecedaire, 2012, evoked this story of childhood crossword puzzles and intangible life lessons. The artist’s photographs are about the simultaneous beauty and danger that the world of words evokes: each image delves into a colorful universe of constructed and natural landscapes with a childlike block letter, A to Z, in the foreground. The letters come to signify the paradoxes of meaning, and the symbols of a psyche that are... [more]
In Other Words   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Prayas Abhinav, Sarnath Banerjee, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Raqs Media Collective, Vibha Galhotra, Hanif Kureishi, Sachin George Sebastian at Exhibit 320 November 25th, 2011 - December 25th, 2011
Posted 1/2/12
WORDS: A USER'S MANUAL begins with the word, keeping the implicit promise in its name.  Simply put, the driving concept at the core of this ambitiously curated show is this: words, as we know them, denote specific reality, whereas ‘art’ is essentially devoid of any such intrinsic meaning and is appreciated in terms of individual inference and interpretation. To illustrate this point further let us consider the word ‘Cat.’ When I say the word ‘Cat’ I refer to the furry purring creature that... [more]
The Year in Time   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 1/2/12
Even as the clock is a constant, K, ticking away, Time itself varies with the meridians, the stars, the oceans and its tides. It is hardly ever measured with numbers or needles: it is the sweat on a wrist, that which will indicate the state of the person rather than the false clasp of a wristwatch. Time is measured in personal histories, and written through the narrow lens of the history of the historian--that time when you were in love flew by, that time when you doubted yourself stretched... [more]
Yayoi Kusama   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yayoi Kusama at Centre Pompidou October 10th, 2011 - January 9th, 2012
Posted 11/1/11
At once dark, cold, full of light. Then warm, uncanny and familiar, controlled and free, asexual and erotic, lonely and loving, Yayoi Kusama's retrospective at the Centre Pompidou is not merely an exhibit of an artist's work. This is like landing in a new dimension filled with color and polka dots and long, radish-like growths, like being inside a brain, exploring the complexity of a strong and vulnerable mind, of a woman who made metaphors concrete, and illusions into reality.  (Image:... [more]
Pretty in Pink   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kapil Das at PHOTOINK September 17th, 2011 - November 12th, 2011
Posted 10/9/11
In 1946, after the world wars, Edith Piaf sings La Vie En Rose, calling out to her lover to give his heart and soul to her, so that her life will always be in "pink." In the late 90's, a relatively pink time in America that saw the rise of information and the settling modicum of the cold war, the song Pink by Aerosmith lifts the tiny and the everyday (lips, cherry, umbrella, crayon, flamingo) and the ascending octaves to imply that "everything is going to be alright." Here is a photographer... [more]
Feroz Shah Kotla   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 8/21/11
As a young child, I was taken into thick forests on safari where I listened to the crickets and waited for that ominous rustle of leaves; I was put on a camel’s back to sway with its pendulumic rhythm in the deep desert dunes; I was left in castles to explore the secret drawers of kings, I climbed mountains and crouched in caves and swam in seas and fished in rivers and through all these adventures, I prayed. I wasn’t given religion, but I was made to believe. In all my explorations, I met... [more]
Seeing in Time   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Prayas Abhinav, Amitabh Kumar, Tahireh Lal, Umesh P N, Amitabh Pandey, Kiran Subbaiah, Eelco Wagenaar, Asim Waqif at The Guild Art Gallery July 18th, 2011 - August 28th, 2011
Posted 8/21/11
Imagine that Time was born wearing a frock, morphing, as he grows older, into a dress, then a gown. The frock is simple, the dress has a few studs and some intricate cuts, and the gown is bedecked with lace and beads and zippers—all the frills that a society will impose upon that which began simply with itself. The Sidereal is that tangential reality at the centre of the circle of Time had the frock not turned into a gown: ponders the nature of Time were it stripped of the value that today’s... [more]
Urban Gaze   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sandeep Biswas at Ashna Gallery March 31st, 2010 - April 17th, 2010
Posted 5/24/11
Polished, shiny, plastic, glistening, steel, luminous, Sandeep Biswas’ almost life-sized polymorphous photographs glow lucent within the bright, spacious walls of Ashna Gallery. Depicting exaggerated, blown up images of light bulbs, mannequins, plastic water bottles, curtain holders, funnels and other such ‘material objects… that glitter and need no effort in maintenance’, Biswas offers the viewer a meditation on the transient psyche of city life. Each of his images are knotted, stacked-up... [more]
A Book Review   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/18/11
Queer launched in Delhi on the 2nd May at Max Mueller Bhavan, and lauches in London on 31 May 2011, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place. Written by Sunil Gupta, Saleem Kidwai and Keith Wallace. Published by Prestel and Vadehra Art Gallery. In Sunil Gupta's book titled , we travel the world — beginning in Montreal and landing in Delhi — imagining the lives of his ‘documentary’ portraits of gay men and women. Amongst the larger collection, however, is his series of photographs in... [more]
Space, History, Invasion   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bard Sandemose, Ismael Sanz-Pena at The Loft At Lower Parel March 5th, 2011 - March 19th, 2011
Posted 3/28/11
With regards to what might be called a deficit of the continuity of seeing, “¡Space :: Invaders!” taps into the cuts and pauses which make up the condition of viewing, specifically drawing out examples of cultural coagulation which are alternately random, disturbing and funny. The show comes as part of an initiative by the Loft, a gallery in Mumbai, to promote young curators. Curator Himali Singh Soin brought together Spanish artist Ismael Sanz-Pena and Norwegian artist Bard Sandemose. Both... [more]
Rajasthan: through the open eyes and dexterous lens of Himali-        [more]
Summit Snippets   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 2/14/11
To Judge a Canvas by its Title How does one unearth the Archeology of Spectacle?I call upon you, Fragile herand from *1934: Wear a Bulletproof vest for this is a battleBetween Black vs black but.Even War Has Limits.What you will find is An Epic Act that ends with Afternoon Tea and Love Cakes.Your Afterlife turns out to be merely an Accumulation of Cock Dump 2011 aka Study for monument to Folly.Careful now, Science is Fiction and what you think is real is merely an Epic Act Sans Titre. The... [more]
Pill Appeal   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jaishri Abichandani, Sarnath Banerjee, Ayesha Durrani, Kaif Gaznavi, Tushar Joag, Abir Karmakar, Swati Khurana, Nandita Kumar, Tazeen Qayyum, Mithu Sen, Vito Tumbarello at Latitude 28 January 22nd, 2011 - February 22nd, 2011
Posted 1/31/11
The Pill is a Personification. The Pill is a Hyperbole, an Archetype, a Symbol. It’s tiny, systematic, circular self has flirtatiously traveled across the globe, morphing old wives tales about women’s cycles, reproduction and sexual intercourse. And how the tiny tablets find themselves in an art gallery in Delhi only hints at their locomotive stamina. Particularly fascinating, across the exhibition, is the number of artists that chose to employ the shape of a circle, in image, metaphor and... [more]
Meditation on Kapoor's Optic Antics   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Anish Kapoor at National Gallery of Modern Art - NGMA Delhi November 27th, 2010 - February 27th, 2011
Posted 1/17/11
Anish Kapoor’s deep well of color and shapes make your eyes burn.  The outside is inverted with the inside, images are miniaturized and hyperbolic, too close or too far, lateral, converse, perverse, and incongruous with any rational imagination. You feel these things that frustrate and exhilarate you. You wonder about the universe, you wonder about yourself. You think about love, about loneliness, emptiness and character. You wonder how such artificial, solid structures could evoke such... [more]
A Poem   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 12/28/10
            Calder's Model Universe There is no better model for me to choose                         Sense of motion space volume Than the universe:                                                                      Knowledge of the cosmic Sympathy for the human   Variation between the elements of life Not extractions but abstractions Resembling the real only in its manner of reaction   A mechanical drive can control movement. I begin with shapes because they are... [more]
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