Prophecy | 2019
Copper Acetate and Conte on acid-free paper, test tubes, Copper T, copper wire, test tube holders, 5 - Channel Sound
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 work hovers between the boundaries of installation, sound, and drawings.
The installation is an allusion to the process of sterilization by using Copper T as a temporary measure for women and copper wire in the shape of Vas Deferens (the duct which conveys sperm from the testicle to the urethra) in men which are being cut and tied. The copper T and Copper wire are placed inside a test tube with a solution of vinegar and salt. Test tube becomes the metaphor of the reproductive system in men and women. 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.
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 population crisis. Two Punjabi Folk songs sung on the eve of childbirth are simultaneously being played on the other two channels. The fifth channel corresponds to Bhairavi Raag establishing a grave, serious and contemplative emotion.
“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>
“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
Punjabi Folk Songs
Parvesh Kumar (Punjabi Folk Singer and dancer)
Kuldeep Singh (Multi-disciplinary Artist)
The project took place in:
Sher-Gil Sundaram Art Foundation, India