Pre/Post/Eros is an ongoing body of work exploring the shifting meanings within the conditions of post-colonialism and its evolution into neo-colonialism. As a non-resident alien in the United States, and originally from formerly colonized India, my hybrid identity oscillates within the cultures I explore. The work takes various forms of photographic prints, videos, readymade assemblages, installations, virtual earthworks, etc. They exist in both physical spaces as mediated by galleries and/or virtual spaces as mediated by the Internet while being in dialogue with the forms that they take, and the spaces they occupy. My materials include physical and image sources such as readymades, scans, products, computer generated product images, declassified army documents, educational documentary films, and stock photography- all fluid signifiers of history, economics, and culture. My work literally, and conceptually interrogates at different levels of the apparatus- the tool, the image-maker, the agent, the laborer, the product, and the politics. By hijacking the codes of advertising, the subjects in my photographs often attempt to imitate products. My works are image-object hybrids not only in their form, but also due to the sites that they engage. They attempt to seduce the scopophilic gaze only to succumb to performance anxiety at the moment of love, that is, at the moment of their consummation as commodities. My latest installations with visual pieces and accompanying wall texts explore the intimacy of pre-colonial, post-colonial, and contemporary events in time and space. The visual works at some level function as quotations of text, or speech, and collapse the verbal and the visual scrutiny of labor politics within global economics. Imbued with humor, futility, and violence the pieces occupy a precarious position between being a parody of "socialist nostalgia", and sincere concern towards marginalized labor.
Measure Me Twice, Cut Me Once: Provisional
Measure Me Twice, Cut Me Once: Again
Minutes from the Congress of Scam International
Come Red, It's Spring (Palash Flower)