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Coriolis Effect: Currents Across India and Africa @ Khoj Studios, New Delhi, Aug 28-31
New Delhi: Khoj International Artists’ Association presents an international exhibition titled Coriolis Effect: Currents across India and Africa’, a group show featuring works of artists from India and Africa and will be on at Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi from August 28 till August 31, 2015, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m daily. Phone @ 29545274. The exhibition, resulting from a month-long residency, seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa. Participating artists are Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana), Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan (Africa/US), Juan Orrantio (Bogota,Colombia), Amshu Chukki (India) and Insurrections Ensemble (India/Africa).
Says Sitara Chowfla, Program Manager at Khoj, “In part, the rationale behind Coriolis Effect is in response to Khoj’s immediate neighborhood of Khirkee Village Extension; a dense urban –village environment in New Delhi that has been home to a stream of immigrants from within the Indian Subcontinent, as well as migrants from countries such as Cameroon, Somali, Nigeria, Kenya, Afghanistan and Nepal, to name a few. This hotpot of cultural difference has long been a source of friction between residents, often bubbling into acts of discrimination based violence. This project has grown out of a series of encounters and conversations which took place in and around Khoj through 2014.”
The works for the show were created during a month long residency where the artists sought to unpack notions of geography, memory, cultural exchange as well as tension and fear of the ‘other’, through history. The Coriolis Effect will not only use the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared exchanged by Indians and Africans from the 1st century AD onwards.
Specific areas of interest for this exhibition include ‘Identity’- whether informed through ideas of race, ethnicity and cultural difference; or informed through notions of ‘belonging’, within the changing context of what constitutes a nation, and what delineates a city, in today’s burgeoning landscape. Identity can also be construed through understanding of gendered and sexualized spaces, in particular, the presentation of ‘masculinity’ as a trope of fear and aggression in the context of racial difference. The project will also investigate the presence of ‘memory’, through a re-collection of this shared history, and remnants of this history in physical and intangible forms alike. A final point of departure for this project includes political imaginings, as informed through allegiances created in the late 20th century, following the period of the Cold War and the Non-Aligned period.