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January 28, 2018;12:00 pm - February 18, 2018;3:00 pm UTC+5.5
A group show of 11 young artists from across the country all exploring the notion of Identity.
ANKIT PATEL | AWDHESH TAMRAKAR | BALAJI PONNA | BIRENDER YADAV | D. PRIYANKA | DHRUBAJIT SARMA | JULIUS DAS | SACHIN BONDE | SURAYAKANTA SWAIN | THLANA BAZIK . curated by Zero Gravity Collective
Preview 28th JAN 2018 | 12.00 – 3.00 PM
Maybe the target nowadays is not to discover what we are but to refuse what we are. – Michel Foucault
To begin with, our identity serves to distinguish us from others. I am neither you, nor he, nor she, nor it. I’m me. Our identity, as we experience it, is a conviction born out of the difference between the rest and I. It is no doubt reassuring, to know where to stop and where the others begin, even if the dividing line is imaginary.
Then comes the question of “Who am I?” Who is this “I” that I feel I am? For the vast majority of us, the “I” that I am is unique in the world, coherent in its meaning, undivided in space (and meaning) and continuous in time at least for the duration of this lifetime. But if persist with “Who am I?”, beyond my appearance, beyond the roles I play in society, beyond the body that transports me, it is not easy an easy concept to grasp.
What are the factors that shape identity? For example, consider the role of gender, race, age, beliefs, ethnicity, religion, class, history, events, physical environment in shaping identity. Give examples of how these factors have contributed to the identity of individuals or groups that you know. Is identity natural or constructed?
The human body is central to how we understand facets of identity such as gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. People alter their bodies, hair, and clothing to align with or rebel against social conventions. The issue of Identity is very relevant in our country today. We are constantly interrogated and asked to prove our Identity at every step with various tools including Aadhar, Passport, PAN etc. Yet we still struggling to prove our identities! India has a significant national history and the regional differences (from dialects to food) are many to tolerate.
This project includes the works of 11 artists from different regions of the country with the hope to get more perspectives on the notion of Identity.