Tejal Shah – Between The Waves – dOCUMANTA 13
Tejal Shah participates in dOCUMENTA (13) with her new multi-channel video installation, Between the Waves. The work is composed of performative film, text, animation and the spacialisation of sound.
From 9 Jun 2012 – 16 Sep 2012 at Index #161, 1st floor, Southern Wing, Hauptbahnhof, Kassel
For more informations: http://tejalshah.in/home/
The earliest known symbolic representations of a single horned animal – Unicorn – have been excavated from the Indus Valley Civilization’s archeological site of Dholavira in Kutch, Western India (5000 – 2000 BC). Whether this designates a real or mythical animal remains unknown, just as the pictographic language of the civilization remains undeciphered. Such seals and tablets appear as chapter markers in the circular fable Between the Waves. In popular imagination, Unicorns belong to Western mythology but through this performative video installation, the artist brings them back to their supposed original home, a region to which Shah also traces her family lineage.
As has been Shah’s methodology, she compacts multiple layers of references here. For instance, while her Unicorns are eternally mutating humanimals, they build upon Rebecca Horn’s Einhorn (presented at Documenta V, 1972). Horn herself references Frida Khalo’s painting The Broken Column (1944) as her point of departure.
Gitanjali Dang, Bombay-based writer and curator on Between the Waves:
Between the Waves is no vast sanctuary of shimmering waters and its ensuing crests andtroughs. It intimates a quake. The quietness of the title belies the velocity of the Lovewaves that ripples across the surface of the landscapes contained by this work.
In seismology, a Love wave occurs when the universe goes through a massive internaleye roll. It is the intention of this work to capture the after effects and images of this eyeroll. Like any good surface wave, the Love wave spreads along the interface betweendifferent media. In relation to Tejal Shah’s multi-channel video installation, the wavetransmits across media such as deserts, collage, mangroves, sound, salt pans, video,animation, landfills.
The Love wave composes a desolate landscape. When this wave of upheaval holds up tocatch its breath, we witness a sequence of stranded and/or anchored moments.