Pakistan से पानी

Pakistan से पानी © Vyom

Tue, 07.04.2020 -
Thu, 30.04.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

A project by Vyom

07 April to 30 April 2020, 10 am to 6:30 pm daily (except Sundays and public holidays)

Water within the sub-continent has a strong cultural significance. We offer people water as a welcoming gesture and not drinking from someone’s house is considered rude. It extends further, upper castes do not drink water from a lower caste's home or different containers are used depending upon where who stands in the social hierarchy.

For Vyom, water within Five Million Incidents, becomes the simplest tool to initiate a dialogue about the India Pakistan othering. The project is to try and go to Lahore, which is just 50km away from Amritsar and bring back some water. He would try to spend a week in Lahore, get invited to people’s homes and collect water from each home. This water when brought back would be bottled with a map of the journey the water has made. This bottled water would be offered to drink to visitors at the Goethe-Institut.

The installation will be opened on Monday, 6 April 2020 at 6:30 pm with the artist introducing his work and narrating his journey followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Vyom's work evokes a diverse world of non-human presences, beings in continuing flux; through play and discovery, and shifts of power – in being, constant. Vyom carries the germs of his early apprenticeship with Lynda Bengalis in America in as much as his more recent work with the potters of Mandla, Madhya Pradesh and Molela, Rajasthan as part of a livelihoods programme administered by the Asian Heritage Foundation. Most recently, his work was seen at Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum of Art and his solo exhibition 'creature constant' at 079 stories.