Take Me Elsewhere

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart shares a note on “Take Me Elsewhere” a video program curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt in New York

London:┬áVanity Projects in New York is currently hosting “Take Me Elsewhere” until November 30.

Logic of Birds, Sonia Khurana, 2006.

Logic of Birds, Sonia Khurana, 2006. Image Courtesy of the Artist

Vanity Projects, a high end nail art atelier, decided to undertake a thrilling and challenging project: to make video art more accessible to a wider audience and change the way collectors and art-lovers perceive and experience video art.

The program, curated by Mumbai based curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, revolves around the concept of mentally escaping the limitations of physical reality. Six artists: Hemali Bhuta, Tejal Shah, Neha Choksi, Sahej Rahal, Sonia Khurana and Vishal K Dar explore in different ways our mental power to escape elsewhere, even for a moment.

Saras, Sahej Rahal

Saras, Sahej Rahal. Courtesy of the Artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai

Highlights of the exhibition are “Minds to Lose” by Neha Choksi and “Between the Waves Channel II (Landfill Dance)” by Tejal Shah.

Neha Choksi in her video experiences the act of losing consciousness from the physical body through the radical act of anaesthetizing herself and four farm animals whilst the audience was encouraged to pet both the artist and the animals. The video discusses the meaning of having a mind and rational consciousness for a body under general anaesthesia.

Minds to Lose, Neha Choksi, 2008-11

Minds to Lose, Neha Choksi, 2008-11. Image Credit: http://project88mumbai.wordpress.com/

On the other hand Tejal Shah, imagines escaping reality creating an alternative reality for the past and future.

More information about the programme can be found here.


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