In the first edition of In Touch, Experimenter presents Together We Survive, an exhibition rooted in ideas of collective action, hope and collaboration. Prabhakar Pachpute works with marginalized farmers and mining workers, using experiences and folklore to bring collective responsibility and action to his sculptures and paintings. Radhika Khimji and Biraaj Dodiya explore form and landscape through personal memory and loss to articulate their environments. Resilience and testimony to time is reflected in Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s, Colors of Time which are pigments ground from chips of paint scraped off walls that have significant historical reference. Strata Study by Ayesha Sultana continues the artist’s exploration into space, materiality and balancing one’s body in relation to the environment. Krishna Reddy’s print, Seed Pushing casts a masterful eye at the beauty of nature, birth and death, sustenance and fruition. Naeem Mohaiemen’s, The year 1973 created many problems for the Imperialists looks at a precipitous moment in the failure of the global left and a possible future of the world. Rathin Barman’s works represent aspirations of building homes inferred through interviews made of displaced inhabitants. Journeys and freedom are expressed in Julien Segard’s painting and Soumya Sankar Bose’s photograph places the viewer amidst a surreal outdoor landscape. Praneet Soi’s papier-mâché tile Piggyback, painted with intricate miniature techniques embody sharing of burden, human interdependence and cooperation.
Text and Photos: Experimenter, Kolkata. The exhibition is on view from April 24 — May 23, 2020.