Sajan Mani

Looking at the body and subverting the boundaries of soul /mind and body, inside and outside, art and medium, the real and the imaginary need the backup of historical lessons and contextual positioning.Transparency that derived from surveillance has become the norm of everyday life in the contemporary world. Many of the practices in art and culture are thriving hard to accommodate the newly imposed ‘transparency’. Probably, body is the worst affected victim of the situation of surveillance.

The gluttonous market that made inroads into the imagined autonomy of art and artist with an eye of auctioneering, failed the radical political past of conceptual art, and even the newly built cyber space and its imaginary freedom made a sterile crisis in ‘artistic’ assertions.

My attempt is to manifest a critical space in the infinite eco system of human imagination and its significant existence within the chaotic multiverse. I am doubtful about the efficacy of art as a solution, meditation and continuum of tradition.

Effective governance and systematic control over the body reassert the ownership of the body and its vulnerability more than ever. A marginalized body has to strive a lot to move through the oppressive physicality and corrupted power discourse around it. Multiple subalternity that distorted body and its subjectivity violates the rules of the power game and often ekes out a repository of history as counter memory.

The issue of space is one of the most contentious issues in the public life in India. Disarrayed by caste: a very powerful insistence of past, newly built cosmopolitanism and peripherally gained mobility, the urban space in India need critical engagement in art. More recently I started engaging the emerging public space art practices in India along with many artists by doing collaborative performances. My tryst with my own body as a meeting point of history and present instigated me to concentrate on body as a socio-political metaphor. By deploying body in different public spaces in India, my work projected the persistent issues of caste, gender and power equations.

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