Empire: Legacy of the World's First Corporation
The contemporary, personal stories that make up the Empire project investigate the unintended consequences of early corporatism on colonized populations, while also examining the waning influence of Western power in the East. Empire was conceived as a way to look at the present through the lens of the past. Since the Dutch East India Company (VOC)’s groundbreaking colonial-capitalist adventure, multinational corporations have become the unofficial governing bodies of our time, who determine prices and dispense employment, guide our culture and pollute our backyards. They are so integral to our existence that it is difficult to imagine how we would organize our lives without them. Empire is, above all else, an examination of the continuing repercussions of European intervention abroad.
All works in the Empire project are created and exhibited in collaboration with local artists and arts organizations. The project is supported by Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) and The Mondriaan Foundation.
The video installation of the Empire project on India, titled Empire: 22º00' N, 77º00' E will be viewed for the first time at KHOJ Studios, with two other previously completed Empire installations - Empire: 5º00' N, 120º00'E (Indonesia) and Empire: 7º00' N, 81º00'E (Sri Lanka).
Artists’ Talk is scheduled for Friday, 6th of May at 6:00 pm to be followed by the Opening at 7.00 pm at the KHOJ Studios, Khirki. Works will be on view at the KHOJ Studios for the 6th of May from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.