Some Kind of Nature > Dual Channel Video Installation, Photograph

HD, Black & White, Sound, 2013-2014

Channel I,  6:30 min; Channel II, 1:37 min, Photograph

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Artist Statement

Tejal Shah’s video installation, Some Kind of Nature (2013-14) paints a surreal and mystical picture, which acts as an allegory for humankind’s relationship to nature. She is interested in the (entangled) moment of becoming where human and nature collapse as independent, self-contained entities and emerge as a dense network of interdependences. Continuing to build on her personal cosmology of symbolisms while observing, meditating and performing in and with the landscapes, the artist reminds us that vision is a creation and not just a perception. 

The images we see compel us to see beyond and behind what is seen. With special and sensual attention to rocks and trees, amplifying the poetry inherent in them, these inanimate beings begin to come alive and unfurl a communication of their own. Here too, she inserts her humanimal, proboscidean creature who seems to be searching for its own meaning, origin and identity. Shot entirely in Goa (the artist’s new home base) including the heritage site of Usgalimal Petroglyphs that are approximately 20,000 - 30,000 years old, the installation speaks to the interspecies anxiety we are experiencing in the anthropocene.

 

Exhibition History

Group Exhibitions

2014
Performing Resistance - Artists' Film International, Project 88, Mumbai, curated by Tejal Shah

Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2013
Rebirth of Detail, Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa, curated by Kanchi Mehta

Screenings

2014
Artists' Film International, Cultural Center Belgrade, Serbia 

Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di bergamo, Italy

BFI Flare: 28th LGBT Film Festival, London

Art Fairs

2014
Project 88's booth, Frieze Art Fair, New york