I am a multidisciplinary artist from Bangalore, studied in MS University. Currently practicing in Vadodara, Gujarat. My work has developed in number of ways over the years yet from the very beginning of my art practice, I have workded in Painting, Printmaking, Installation, Video Art and performing art. My intention is to blend these mediums into an interdisciplinary language.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mapping Sacred Spaces

Live Action 11, 8 September 2016 

 Bältesspännarparken.,Goteborg, Sweden

This performance was about marking the sacred space, the earth; the land is becoming non livable / inhabitable space it is stained by bloodshed the blood of innocent and common people. The whole world is slowly becoming space of war zone which is divided into sacred and non sacred spaces. Every moment we are seeing these global phenomenon happing people are losing their home their city their country and are migrating to unknown and different land and finally end up as refugee or lose their life in process. 

The whole world smells the blood, blood of innocent men women and children. Slowly world is becoming like hell where there is no space for humanity, love and compassion it is war for power money and politics.

Through this performance my attempt was to bring as sense of the psychological state of people who are refugees in some other land. Bring attention to their struggle, the tension and striving for existence. Through this performance I brought attentions, concerns related human psycho-sociological condition where they strive for their existence, hope of life, dream and Breath freely. Performance was to bring this unknown struggle through action and marking human territories in sacred and non sacred space.

Through ritualistic act of carrying the turmeric root in my mouth all through the performance was to reciprocate psychosocial tensions through act of body tension I emphasized on to the struggle to maintain faith in sacredness, humanity and make sacred space for living. The slow act of showering turmeric powder on the floor mapping and marking the space into sacred space this was long performance about an hour, where I tried to build faith in humanity, sacred, pure and healing space. 

Turmeric acts as healing agent and also transforming agent in performance, later this whole situation of sacred space was turned in to non sacred space when the act changed. Now I entered into second layer of tension where the weight of homelessness, the refugee and migration came into picture metaphorically through balancing act where at one point I tied salt and knife on wooden stick and other point bag of belonging, memoires of homeland.

The weight of this belonging was heavier to carry while balancing myself through situation I tried to mark the pain through water this changed my sacred space into non sacred space it represent stains of blood of innocent men women and children from war zone, it had stained with broken dreams it stained with broken homes. 

This was inevitable act and a fact that it cannot be hidden or erased and then I tried to heal myself by pouring more turmeric on my body and whole act was mix of healing and pain, but stain remained and it’s up to the people how it can be solved and turned back  into sacred space again.

Dimple B Shah 

April 6, 2017

Photography  By Christian Berven


Jumbo Arts International said...

Dimple B. Shah thank you so much for sharing this blog post with me. It was such a please to meet you in person and speak with you at the 2016 "Jaipur Art Summit" last December. I marveled at your work at that impressive event. You performance pieces are laser-focused on issue of importance to all of us. I wish you the best in all your future artistic efforts.

Dimple Shah said...

Thank you John Antonie Labadie ( Jumbo Arts International) it was my pleasure too to meet you At Jaipur Art Summit

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