सावधान: The Regimes of Truth

curated by Shaunak Mahbubani

Arko Datto, Installation view
  • Artists:
    Alt News
    Payal Arya
    The Dalit Panther Archive
    Arko Datto
    Samar Grewal
    Sanket Jadia
    Johar Jhargram
    Vishal Kumaraswamy
    Sarah Naqvi
    Mandeep Raikhy
    Smita Rajmane
    Vidisha Saini
    Video Volunteers
    Asim Waqif
    The Wire
    ZINE
सावधान! (Attention!), used both as a call for the disciplining of troops, as well as a call to vigilance and wariness, succinctly describes the visceral tension currently felt in India and other countries caught in the grasp of right-wing authoritarian regimes. Most individuals in India are faced with two primary choices: either to succumb to the divisive ideology being propagated through WhatsApp groups and neighborhood shakhas (ideological meetings), or ignore it with the hope that rampant lynchings and unfounded arrests don't reach one's doorstep. A third option--dissent--is shrouded in a cloud of fear and is systematically equated to anti-nationalism.

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth examines this socio-political landscape, highlighting the power of information, as theorized by Michel Foucault, in the control and mobilization of masses. Part of Mahbubani?s series Allies for the Uncertain Futures, the exhibition initiates a conversation between the work of artists and independent media organizations. Together, they strive to challenge state apparatuses and present multiple sides of the tale in the asymmetrical wrest for power. Assembling video, photography, drawing, installation, performance, and more, this multi-sensory experience will be presented within the abandoned underbelly of a stone amphitheater in New Delhi.

Inviting viewers to re-examine these media strategies as forms of control, this exhibition draws attention to the urgent need for citizen action, proposing alternative ways of asserting individual agency within our degenerating democratic systems.

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth was selected through apexart's Open Call. For more information email press@apexart.org.
 
Special thanks to the Kalakar Trust for their donation of the exhibition venue.

Shaunak Mahbubani is a nomadic curator currently based in New Delhi, India. They primarily pursue projects under the series Allies for the Uncertain Futures, which was initiated in 2016 and focuses on excavating the possibilities of socio-political, ecological, and techno-evolutionary futures through the lens of non-duality. They are keenly interested in complicating boundaries between the artwork and the viewer through the deployment of participatory devices, diffusions, and the use of alternatives to the white cube. Mahbubani is also currently Curator of Programming for The Gujral Foundation, an international not-for-profit foundation supporting art and culture.



Opening Images

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth, Installation view.

 

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth, Installation view (outside venue).
 

Arko Datto, Installation view.

 

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth, Installation view.

 

Arms of the Panopticon, Installation view.
 

Asim Waqif, Installation view.

 

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth, Installation view.

 

Arko Datto, Installation view.

 

Vishal Kumaraswamy, Steal from the Country, 2017, Installation view.
 

Sanket Jadia, Installation view

 

Payal Arya, Untitled, 2018, Installation view.

 

Smita Rajmane, Installation view.

 

Smita Rajmane, Installation view.

 

Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth, Installation view.

 

Video Volunteers, Installation view.

 

The Dalit Panther Archive, Installation view.

 

The Dalit Panther Archive, Installation view.

 

Sarah Naqvi, Bashaoor, 2018, Installation view.

 

Vishal Kumaraswamy, Steal from the Country, 2017, Installation view, and Mandeep Raikhy, Attention!, 2018, Performance still.

Vidisha Saini, Installation view.

 

Vidisha Saini, Installation view.

 

Installation Images

Curator Shaunak Mahbubani at the exhibition entrance.
 

Installation view.

 

Smita Rajmane, Swachh Vision Mission, 2018, Installation view.
 

Smita Rajmane, Swachh Vision Mission, 2018, Installation view.
 

Smita Rajmane, Swachh Vision Mission, 2018, Installation view.
 

Smita Rajmane, Swachh Vision Mission, 2018, Installation view.
 

Zine: Medium as Message, Installation view detail.

 

Asim Waqif, FACT=FICTION, 2017, Installation View.

 

Arko Datto, WILL MY MANNEQUIN BE HOME WHEN I RETURN series, 2016, Installation view.
 

Arko Datto, WILL MY MANNEQUIN BE HOME WHEN I RETURN series, 2016, Installation view.
 

Vishal Kumaraswamy, Bhoolna Mat (Don't Forget), 2018, Installation view.
 

Vidisha Saini, DIY DIAL VIKAS, 2018, Installation view.
 

Vidisha Saini, DIAL VIKAS, 2018, Installation view.

 

Vidisha Saini, Now You Do Not, 2018, Installation view.
 

Vidisha Saini, WAVING HAND BY THE WINDOW, 2018, Installation view.
 

"Reading Writing History," collected textbooks, 2018, with Arko Datto, WILL MY MANNEQUIN BE HOME WHEN I RETURN series, 2016, Installation view.

Payal Arya, Except for the fact that the war was still going on, it was a perfect Morning, 2018, Installation view.

Payal Arya, Except for the fact that the war was still going on, it was a perfect Morning, 2018, Installation view.

Sanket Jadia, Residual Gaze, 2018, Installation view.

 

Sanket Jadia, Residual Gaze, 2018, Installation view.

 

Sanket Jadia, Residual Gaze, 2018, Installation view.

 

Sarah Naqvi, Bashaoor, 2018, Installation view.

 

Sarah Naqvi, Bashaoor, 2018, Installation view.

 

Johar Jhargram, Women's Day Program, 2018, Installation view.
 

Smita Rajmane, Swachh Vision Mission, 2018, Installation view.
 

Zine: Medium as Message, 2018, organized by Karan Kaul, Installation view.
 

Zine: Medium as Message, 2018, organized by Karan Kaul, Installation view.
 

Zine: Medium as Message, 2018, organized by Karan Kaul, Installation view.
 

Installation view.

 

Installation view.

 

Installation view.

 

The Wire.in, Archive of most shared articles in English, Hindi, and Urdu; Chart of funds received, 2018, Installation view.

Arko Datto, Arms of the Panopticon, 2018, Installation view.
 

AltNews archive presentation, 2018, Installation view.

 

The Dalit Panther Archive, Installation view.

 

Video Volunteers, documentation from Community Training in West Bengal, 2016, Installation view.
 

Video Volunteers, documentation from Community Training in West Bengal, 2016, Installation view.
 

Brochure Images

Payal Arya, Deficiency or absence of light; darkness. 2. a. The quality or condition of being unknown, 2018, Installation and single channel video, Dimensions variable.

Arko Datto, Acche Din (Panopticams), 2015, Photographic print on archival paper, 3 x 3 ft.

 

Vishal Kumaraswamy, Steal from the Country, 2017, Single channel video, 11:36 min. (still).

 

Mandeep Raikhy, Attention, 2017, Performance, 58:00 min. (still).

 

Video Volunteers Archive, Community Training in West Bengal, 2016, Digital documentation photo, Dimensions variable.
 

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.