NS HARSHA: UPWARD MOVEMENT │ Victoria Miro, London → 25 April 2015

“Victoria Miro z dlîtd t priznt Upwd Muvmnt, N.S. Hāša’z secnd sôlo xibišn wɖ Victoria Miro n hiz frst in ɖ Mêfer gaḷri. Wn v ɖ most significnt Indı̣n ātists v hiz jeṇrešn, Hāša drwz on a brwd spectṛm v Indı̣n ātistc n fiğṛtv pêntñ tṛdišnz n popylr āts, az wel az ɖ westn ātcann. H hz wrct acrs a renj v mīdia, includñ pêntñ, sculpčr, insṭlešn n pfwmns.

Fr hiz xibišn at Victoria Miro Mêfer, Hāša hz pṛdyst a siriz v pêntñz ɖt xplor nošnz v asent. Č canvs fīčrz vẹriešnz on ɖ mtif v a ptklr hymn, animl or hîbrid figr ingejd in a snğlr activti, ẇč me involv fizicl eḷvešn, tecṇlojicl iṇvešn or spiričl trnsndns. Ɖz figrz r strîvñ t rīč smʈñ abv or bynd, acnoḷjñ n atmtñ t cnct wɖ uņon rījnz.

Indivijl pêntñz fôc̣s on myzišnz n dansrz n on langurmunciz n câz, bʈ v ẇč r veṇretd in Hindu culčr. Ɖ figrz r dpictd in a flat, šalo spês on bacgrândz fīčrñ a sngl stroñ culr. Ɖr z a myzicl coṇtešn t ɖ comṗzišnz; ɖ figrz, in ōdrli roz, sjst nôts on myzicl stevz, n ɖer rcuṛns n vrayti cn b sīn az a vižl anaḷji fr čantñ n uɖr rpettv or siclicl myzicl strucčrz.

Hāša hz sd v ɖs siriz, Slôli I fīl mî ʈts r muvñ twdz a cnd v abstraẋn, ẇl cīpñ ɖ absrd naṛtv az its sentṛl ingejmnt. H hz sáitd Samyl Becit’s Wêtñ fr Godo az a pýnt v refṛns, n ɖ pêntñz emfsîz hâ a qest fr hîr mīnñ sits alñsd ɖ absrḍti v evrīde xistns.

Raha Dikhanaywalay Thay Hai Rahengay (Paʈšârz Wr/R/Wl B Ɖr) fīčrz langurz arnd n atp scripčṛl stônfmešnz inspîrd bî ɖ arenjmnts v rocs in Jaṗnīz landscep̓êntñ. Ɖ munciz r pýntñ upwdz, sjstñ ɖ dzîr t trnsnd ŕʈ-bând cnsrnz. Ɖs wrc folod on fṛm Hāša’z lj 2013 insṭlešn Tamaša, md jrñ ɖ ātist’s rezidnsi at ɖ DAAD, ẇč fīčrd lîfsîz langursculpčrz scêlñ ɖ fsād v a bildñ in Brlin-Mita. Az in ɖ insṭlešn, in ɖ pêntñ ɖ munciz’ loñ teilz r intwînd; ɖs posčr z drwn fṛm Jrmn miʈoḷji rletd t ratcñz, grūps v ɖ rôdnts cnjýnd bî ɖer tangld teilz.

Muwñ Hir n Nâ n Onli We z ʈru Milcñ We wr inspîrd bî Hāša’z vizits t dẹrīfāmz nir hiz hom in Mîsor in suɖn India n in Jrṃni. Vywñ ɖ rapid adaptešn v tecnoḷji bî ɖ fāmñinḍstri n ɖ inṭraẋnz btwn catl n hymnz, h cnsivd ɖ absrd dẹrīscep v Muwñ Hir n Nâ, ẇč jentli satirîzz ɖ incrisñli rmot sạntific rlešnšp btwn ppl n câz on industrı̣l fāmz. Cnvrsli, Onli We z ʈru Milcñ We picčrz a mr ṗetc, bycolic vižn v dẹrīfāmñ, šowñ ɖ simpl act v ppl milcñ câz bî hand.

Hāša rdysz ɖs ênčnt tṛdišn t its pyrist fwm, rmuvñ īvn ɖ cntenrz in ẇč ɖ milc wd b c̣lctd. In bʈ pêntñz ɖ aẋn z inṭruptd bî a čājñ eḷfnt. Ɖs sriyl inṭvnšn wz drwn fṛm an insidnt in Mîsor in 2011 in ẇč tu wîld eḷfnts went on a rampej cilñ a man n svṛl câz.

Črp pīp črp pīp… xmplifîz ɖ ambiğwti v cntmprri sạntific n industrı̣l dveḷpmnt. A ranc v paṛthedd figrz crâd arnd teḷscops n mîcṛscops, simblz v ɖ insesnt hymn dzîr t xplor ɖ macrocozmic n ɖ mîcrocozmic. Lîc wrcrz on an asmblīlîn v yrīc̣mmnts ɖe sīm fêtd t cntiny ɖer srč indefinitli. Ɖz absrdist figrz r puncčuetd bî myzišnz, hu sjst an oltrṇtv meʈd v dscuvri, n ɖ indyrñ nīd fr ātists t pṛvîd a contxt n comntri arnd sạntific jrniz.

Ɖz myzišnz, sṗsficli vīṇpleyrz, rcŕ in Čembrconṣt. Č pleyr z îṣletd fṛm ɖ uɖrz, sīmñli pleyñ alon yt phps loññ fr a cnẋn wɖ uɖr myzišnz n lisnrz. Aftr mni yirz v travlñ, Hāša spent ol v 2014 in Mîsor, ẇr h spent tîm at conṣts wɖ lôcl myzišnz. Blac on blac ftprints on ɖ strips v îɖr sîd v ɖ canvs sjst hâ intrnl jrniz in dācṇs pṛvîd a cndysv atṃsfir t fôc̣s on ɖ fînist dītelz v cmynicešn fṛm elsẇr.

In Tîm n Agn Upwd Muvmnt Bytifl Bytifl, Hāša xplorz ɖ hymn figr in an xtrim posčr, wɖ ɖ leg xtndd abv ɖ hed. Ɖs pzišn, fmiłr fṛm clasicl Indı̣n dans n sculpčr, hz bn yzd historicli t dnot upwd muvmnt n a qest t rīč ât intu ɖ uņon. Ɖ pêntñ fīčrz a ṗred v figrz in ɖs posčr, emfsîzñ ɖ byti v cntiňli rīčñ ât intu ɖ uņon. Hāša includz a nod t dpiẋnz v a similr spiričl n fiḷsoficl qest in westn Rnesnsāt in ɖ top rît cwnr v ɖ comṗzišn, replicetñ ɖ figrz v Plêto n Aristotl fṛm Rafel’z Vaticn fresco Ɖ Scūl v Aʈnz. Brāma, a Hindu îcon fr criešn v ɖ wrld, olso apirz az an obzrvr v ɖs bale.

Bạgraficl dītelz:

Born in 1969, NS Hāša livz n wrcs in Mîsor, India. H wz a rsipı̣nt v ɖ prestijs DAAD Scolršp in 2012. H wz olso awōdd ɖ Artes Mundi Prîz in 2008. Hāša hz têcn pāt in a vrayti v c̣labṛtv projcts n xibišnz inṭnašnli. H hz hd sôlo prezntešnz at INIVA, Lundn (2009), n at Maison Hermes Tôcio (2008), n hz bn includd in verı̣s grūpxibišnz, includñ ɖ Mosco Bîeňl v Cntmprri Āt (2013); Dojima Bîeňl, Osaca (2013); Aḍled Inṭnašnl Festivl (2012); Ežn Āt Myziym, San Fṛnsisco (2012); ɖ Yôcohama Trîeňl (2011) n ɖ Bienal di Sâ Pâlu (2010). H wz olso a ptisipnt in ɖ mêjr turñ xibišn Indı̣n Hîwe, ẇč wz stêjd at ɖ Srpntîn Gaḷri, Lundn (2008); Astrŭp Frnli Myziym v Modn Āt, Oslo (2009); Hernñ Āt Myziym, Denmāc (2010); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Liõ (2011); MAXXI, Rôm (2011-12) n Ŭḷnz Sentr fr Cntmprri Āt, Bêžñ (2012).”

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