‘Framing The Unseen’ was a project which was a collaborative effort between Global Art Studio, Kochi Muziris Biennale & Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology.
The Kochi Muziris Biennale is an event that happens every 2 years in Cochin, Kerala. It's one of the biggest art festivals in India which stretches over the span of 4 months, where artists from all around the world come together to showcase the best of their works.
When the Biennale happened in 2014, I was given the opportunity to be a part of this massive event. We were on site for about about 10 days or so. As a part of my project, we had to work alongside the students at Global Art Studio along similar lines which (for us) involved the journey of an object through the process of setting up the Biennale. The object I chose was a toy model of an Indian auto rickshaw, which is synonymous all over India.
So for the next few days I was walking around the streets of Fort Kochi (where the Biennale was going to be held) and clicked photographs of the auto in different compositions and frames. One could say that the compositions play with the object in such a way that the object itself seems to have a mind of it's own.
This project was later exhibited at TATE Modern Gallery, London and at the Kochi Muziris Biennale.
Before commencing work on the final project, we had to make a couple of iterations of a sample object. I chose this cut out of Bob Dylan and placed it around the space to get a basic idea of what the outcomes could be. This was an interesting study and helped me in understanding the compositions that I could possibly use for the next object.
Here are a few tests images that were taken:
After iteration, testing compositions & a ton of thinking, I decided that the object which I'd be taking forward would be the Auto. In one way or the other, Autos/Taxis are modes of travel throughout the world. They help us by getting us from one place to the next.
The Auto would be used to capture the journey of a person from Fort Kochi to the Biennale. I’d be experimenting with the object in different localities to show how people react to this familiar object and in the end, all the images will be combined to create a photo montage-illustration.
The compilation of these images were exhibited at TATE Modern (London), Kochi Muziris Biennale (Cochin) and Sublime Galleria (Bangalore)
© Mohit Shukla 2019