REMEMBERING PARTITION WITH THE NEW NORTH AND SOUTH: NEHA CHOKSI – PASCALE CHALMERS-ARNOLD

22 November, 2017 – The MANCUNION (Manchester Media Group)

Photo: Pascale CA

Neha Choksi and Rachelle Rojany Swing for friends (used in Faith in friction), 2017 Photo: Pascale CA

“Faith In Friction (2017) sees Choksi explore Jain Ashram, a place of spiritual retreat, which is currently being expanded and modernised. It’s a place where people can go to escape the hubbub of normal life, just north of Mumbai in India.

The architecture of this landscape became a recurring image explored across the five projections and two monitors showing the film in the gallery. The unfinished buildings appear powerfully raw, jagged, and unnatural through the camera lens. Vast quantities of scaffolding, devoid of human presence, were elevated beyond the mundane and seemed almost symbolic of the human condition to want more than you have, and to be continually on a quest to expand and conquer.

The installation itself is a psychologically engaging investigation of what it means to be an individual, and how we can be varied depending on the different groups of people we surround ourselves with, and how they shape our personalities. A collaboration with other artists, Choksi’s piece features other notable work, including Rachelle Rojany’s Swing For Friends (2017) which was shown at the Frieze Art Fair in London. As an act of trust in the vision of others, Choksi filmed 34 hours worth of footage, but then gave the tape to seven different editors who each made a different film using the same initial content, therein forming a community of sorts out of her solo experience…”

REMEMBERING PARTITION WITH THE NEW NORTH AND SOUTH: NEHA CHOKSI – PASCALE CHALMERS-ARNOLD

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