Sabih Ahmed / Photo by Tara Atkinson
Vishal K. Dar / Photo by Tara Atkinson
Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty / Photo by Tara Atkinson
In this Majlis Talk titled Simulations and the Sea, artist and architect Vishal K. Dar and Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty speak to Sabih Ahmed about Reclamation Ground.
About Reclamation Ground
In December 2017, Serendipity Arts Festival proudly presented The Ground Beneath My Feet, an exhibition of contemporary performance art in Goa. The exhibition invited nine artists from around the world to present site-specific works on a 229 feet barge docked on the Mandovi river in Goa. The Ground Beneath My Feet was a project dedicated to performance art curated by the HH Art Spaces and developed in collaboration with Serendipity Arts Foundation, HH Art Spaces, and Asia Art Archive in India.
Reclamation Ground, presented by Serendipity Arts Foundation, is a carryover of The Ground Beneath My Feet that brings together new iterations of four works of art that went into the making of the exhibition in Goa. This exhibition is a reconstruction of fragments from the barge invoking the precarious fragments of land surrounded by rising oceans and migrating populations.
During Art Week, Bangladeshi artist Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty gave a five-hour performance wherein he was placed in a box filled with soil. For hours, Chisty remained inside and interacted with the soil by digging through it with his limbs. The performance explored issues of migrant labour, climate change, and refugees. The iteration also featured work by Vishal K. Dar: lights that beamed throughout the performance space with movement similar to rowing oars.
In this talk, the artists discuss the original work at Serendipity Arts Festival and the process of developing the iteration for the pop-up project. Chisty also discusses how he prepares for his performance, while Dar talks about the theme of time in his work.
WATCH: A clip of the Reclamation Ground performance at Alserkal Avenue
This talk took place on 21 March as part of Art Week at Alserkal Avenue. The performances took place on 19 & 20 March.