Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia

In nature, instances of 'heterotopia' may occur, where you may see a sort of transplantation of bright pigments from the flower of a plant to the tips of leaves. Or shades of color from the tail feathers of a bird may be found on the crest or the neck. A modern day surgeon may of course implant tissues from one organ into another, where it may co-exist. The transplanted colored cells or tissues may merge well into the background or host tissue. Or they may sort of stand out, and in a way, and be neither here nor here.

The Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon is hosting an exhibition called "Black Sun: Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia" where there are curious such 'transplanted' spaces created.

This hall for example, has these pieces of logs of wood semi-immersed in water, almost as if you were crossing a pool of water in a tropical forest. This room is however in urban corporate Gurgaon, and the blocks of wood are arranged by design.

The only way to go across the room is by stepping on the blocks of wood navigating yourself cautiously, which builds for an amazing experience for the urban visitor.


The show curated by Shezad Dawood and and Tom Trevor is open till April 27th, and definitely worth a view.

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