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Prophecy | 2019


Copper Acetate and Conte on acid-free paper, test tubes, Copper T, copper wire, test tube holders, 3 - Channel Sound

Site-Specific Installation

Size: variable

The work envisions the crisis of climatic change, increasing poverty, high unemployment rates, environmental degradation, quality of education and famine as the result of overpopulation in India.

The installation is an allusion to the process of sterilization and contraception.
There is an ongoing chemical reaction in the test-tubes, which contain Cooper Wire and Copper T alternatively.
Copper T is one of the intrauterine devices which is used as a temporary measure for birth control in women and is a reversible process.
Copper wire stands as a metaphor for Vas Deferens. Vas Deferens is a duct in the male-reproductory system, which is responsible for(the duct which conveying sperm from the testicle to the urethra. In a vasectomy, vas deferens is cut and tied.

Copper wire is cut and tied.

The installation runs from one edge of the wall to the other edge of the wall, seen in the light of the continuous need of the hour. Indirectly questioning, that, how many people can sustain together on the planet earth?

The drawings are the tracings of text, which deals with the current existential crisis by employing synonyms and antonyms. The spots of blue-green are that of the solution of copper acetate obtained from the process of dip[ping copper in vinegar.

An excerpt from the interview of Indira Gandhi (1978), Morarji Desai (1977) by Thames TV is used where they both talk about the population crisis. 



An excerpt from the interview of Indira Gandhi (1978), Morarji Desai (1977) by Thames TV is used where they both talk about population crisis and future concerns. The excerpt is treated in the audio software to echo multiple times. The three sounds are looped in a manner that each time the auto-loop, they intersect each other at different points, and create a new soundscape for the viewer to engage with.

Indira Gandhi

“and furthermore now people realize, if our population goes up at the rate that it is going, their children won’t be alive. They won’t have enough food or education or any of those rights”

Indira Gandhi Interview | TV Eye | 1978             < 17:49 – 17:55>


Morarji Desai

“Because it is a problem for us because we are a poor people and the progress that is made is swallowed by population increase then no progress is possible, therefore it is a very urgent program for us and we have to tackle it.”

<4:29 - 4:51>

“A person who has a large family and less income doesn’t know how to bring up the children and he sees it every day. Therefore, having fewer children is better for them.”

<5:39 – 5:58>

Morarji Desai interview | Prime Minister of India | India |1977



The project took place in:

1Shanthiroad Studio Gallery, Bangalore, India

Supported by,

Sher-Gil Sundaram Art Foundation, India

Documentation of the project

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