‘Anamorphosis: Notes from Palestine, Winter in the Kashmir Valley’
By Praneet Soi
On view till December 7
“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Interpretation depends on the vantage point where the interpreter stands at the moment of interpreting. This particular idea lies at the core of Praneet Soi’s ongoing solo show ‘Anamorphosis: Notes from Palestine, Winter in the Kashmir Valley’ at The Mosaic Rooms, London. Praneet’s recent sojourn in different parts of Palestine provoked him to study its present scenario from a point that stands right at the middle of its culture.
Anamorphosis literally means the technique of representing something in a way that projects distorted views from different angles while only one particular point provides the viewer with the actual view of the object. Using this technique as a political tool of representation and interpretation, Praneet has endeavoured his recent show. One of the haunting artworks from the show is ‘Falling Figure’, a metal sculpture where the figure’s identity remains ambiguous. The figure’s posture resembles that of the falling man whose photograph of falling from the World Trade Centre on 9/11 went viral.
Praneet Soi is an Amsterdam-based Indian artist, studied painting at M S university, Baroda. He obtained a second master’s degree from the University Of California. In 2002, he was invited to the Rijksakaddemie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, an international residency programme continued for two years. His recent national and international participations include Kochi Muziris Biennale (2016), ‘Notes on Labour’ at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and ‘Pattern- The Falling Figure and Other Stories’ at CCA Derry, Londonderry (2017), and ‘Third Factory- from Kashmir to Lisbon via Caldas’ at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2018).
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