Explore: Navjot Altaf’s 22-monitor video installation “Touch IV”

GET: A sneak peak at the 22 monitor video installation Touch IV by Navjot Altaf

IN: The Guild Art Gallery, 02/32 Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai.

ON: December 15. Exhibit on until January 1st, 2011

IT: 7pm- 9pm. RSVP not required.

Event in Mumbai: At the Guild tomorrow, December 16, 2010 Bhimawa Golar, Rajendra Naik and Pandurang from Sangram, Sangli will be in conversation with Nancy Adajania, Gita Chadha and Navjot Altaf from 6:30pm

“The video installation ‘Touch IV’, whose central protagonists are sex workers and members of the third gender community, is a culmination of Navjot’s three-decade-long preoccupation with representing the voice of the subaltern in art. I would contend that at the core of Navjot’s practice lies her unceasing awareness of being a linguistic subjectivity, an image-maker who nonetheless forms her social and political associations through language… Navjot has a deep commitment to language in all its various manifestations, its ability to unmask power asymmetry and the occlusion of truth…But her commitment to language is held in counterpoint by her apprehension of being stalled by word-induced aporia, of being interpellated or otherwise reduced by language, of being trapped by language.” (Excerpt from an essay by Nancy Adajania)

About the artist: Navjot Altaf’s work has been shown in Lacuna in Testimony, Patricia and Phillip  Frost Art Museum, Florida, 2009; Continuity and Transformation,  Provinciadi Milano,Italy, 2007;Curated by Daniela Palazzoli, Zones of Contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney Australia, 2006; Curated by Charles Merewether, Australia. Groundworks, Carnegie Mellon University, (RMG) Pittsburgh, 2005; Grant Kester  Another Passage To India, Theatre Saint Gervais and Musee d’ Ethnographie, Geneva, Switzerland, 2004; Curated by Pooja Sood, Zoom – Art in Contemporary India, Edificia Sede de  Caixo Garal de Depositos, Lisbon, 2004; Curated by Luis Sepra and Nancy Adajania, Century CityBombay/Mumbai: City Politics and Visual Culture in the 90’s, Tate Modern, London, 2001; Curated by Geeta Kapoor and Ashish Rajadhyaksha, subTerrain:artworks in the cityfold, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin. Curated by Geeta Kapur.

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