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Signs and sensibilities

What: Artist Pallavi Paul’s exhibition, Mistaking < > For Direction Signs looks for fiction in non-fiction by challenging the viewers to look at the meaning of everyday objects and trace them into the world of fantasy.

Through these series of artworks created using seaweed, Pallavi Paul puts a botanical proposition in front of the viewers.
(Above and below) Through these series of artworks created using seaweed, Pallavi Paul puts a botanical proposition in front of the viewers. We know seaweed as seaweed, but by creating a pieces, using tension on paper I wanted to create a possibility of an entirely new organism,” explains Paul.

We know seaweed as seaweed, but by creating a pieces, using tension on  paper I wanted to create a possibility of an entirely new organism,” explains Paul.

How: “I wanted to explore the suspicion of evidence provided to us by verifiable everyday objects,” says Paul. The exhibits are created using a variety of medium, be it film or seaweed. The inspirations also follow a range as diverse as the medium, including data from the files of Noor Inayat Khan, a British secret agent who was the great grand daughter of Tipu Sultan.

The artist’s performance at the Imperial War Museum
The artist’s performance at the Imperial War Museum

While we are familiar to prosthetic legs, the artist has tried to create a new creature, which puts a sense of familiarity among us due  to the legs
While we are familiar to prosthetic legs, the artist has tried to create a new creature, which puts a sense of familiarity among us due to the legs

The serendipity of this exhibition lies in the mix of pieces that were created over two years for different exhibitions and residencies of the artist, and these, coincidently, followed the same theme of finding fiction and fantasy in reality.

Paul will be creating an installation by placing scroll with cryptography on the floor for viewers interpretation
Paul will be creating an installation by placing scroll with cryptography on the floor for viewers interpretation. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Where: Till: January 3
At: Project 88, BMP Building, Colaba.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Call: 22810066

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