Drawings inspiration from the pioneering and prophetic work of Rachel Carson, who has written passionately about the future of the planet and all life on Earth, Vibha Galhotra derives the title of her solo exhibition ‘Silent Seasons’. In her work Carson calls for humans to act responsibly, carefully and as stewards of the living earth and insists, “in nature, nothing exists alone’. Galhotra has taken the title of Carson’s book, Silent Spring and reinterpreted it to cast herself as an observer and narrator of a future fiction or soon to be reality of apocalyptic situations.
The solo exhibition of new works by Vibha Galhotra.will be showcased at Nature Morte’s both the gallery spaces at Vasanth Vihar and Dhan Mill. The exhibition that was opened for the audience on 18th December will be on view at both the gallery spaces till 15th January, 2023.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a new film by the artist, on view at The Dhan Mill, entitled Un(promised). Combining footage shot in India, Israel and Jordan, and presented in a panoramic format, the 16-minute film (in colour, with sound) revolves around an unidentifiable protagonist, a nomad of both space and time, who wanders through a nondescript yet dramatic landscape, which is slowly collapsing from a dearth of sustenance and resources. Through the body, experience, and memory of the protagonist, who aimlessly walks through vast landscapes before an eventual collapse, Galhotra speaks of a humanity that has been pushed into an unbearable toxicity due to the prevalent forces of capitalism and exploitation.
Also displayed at The Dhan Mill will be a new installation entitled, Conference of the Invisible. Composed of 13 large glass panels that have been etched with the images of jellyfish, this ghostly panorama engulfs the viewer into a liminal space that is neither earthly nor aquatic, barely visual and only hesitantly physical. Galhotra has chosen jellyfish as her subject because they have survived since prehistoric times, but will also be one of the few species that will thrive in the oncoming transmogrifications of Nature.
The exhibition at Vasant Vihar, the centerpiece will be a work entitled Chronotype, crafted in Galhotra’s signature material of ghungroos, a technique she has developed as it enables her to replicate digital pixels into physical surfaces with an almost jewel-like presence. Chronotype reproduces a data graph of global sea surface temperatures, recording the warming of oceans and the resulting changes in weather patterns, as monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the artist, there is a logic in building the large image slowly, as the ghungroos are similar to beading, and the slow process mimics the scale at which climate change takes place, with an almost infinitesimal procedural duration.
Silent Seasons is on view till 15 January and will occupy both of the gallery spaces – The Dhan Mill and Vasant Vihar, with the works in diverse media.