Sharjah Biennial 14:
Leaving the Echo Chamber – Journey Beyond the Arrow
Curated by Zoe Butt
7 March – 10 June, 2019
Trained as a painter and printmaker, Rohini Devasher also works in sound, video and site-specific drawings. Recently, she has explored ideas of interiority, inversion and the construction of a ‘climate’ that juxtaposes one problem with something unrelated, making the familiar appear uncanny and strange.
In Spheres (2017), a four-part video and drawing installation, Devasher considers the imagination and resources humanity has drawn on to create tools to study outer space. She chooses to invert the outward gaze to reassess the cycles and structures of this world. The video places the viewer within mythic landscapes: a crater stands as a monument to past upheaval, the sea rises overhead and artificial suns simulate daylight, and metaphors of ‘the valley’ and ‘the cloud-maker’ suggest realms of the unobservable…