As We Rise
(series) | Digital Montage | Archival Print on Enhanced Matte Paper | Edition of 3 | 2020-21
As We Rise produces unfinished, unoccupied spaces as photomontages, with self-portraits juxtaposed with eroding structures of urbanity.
The collages create dystopic visions of the subcontinent with corroding landscapes, environments, and political climates.
Dreams.exe brings together emerging digital artists working across South Asia, who lend a glimpse into their imagined futures. Responding to Terrain.art’s open call, the artists included in this exhibition speak to the theme of ‘dystopia,’ drawing from the technocratic landscape that dominates our present against an environment of social isolation, informational overload, and urban and environmental degradation. The artists look to conditions of the digital present as we accelerate towards a future that seems to never arrive. The exhibition marks a milestone in Terrain.art’s commitment to building a supportive ecosystem and a Digital Marketplace that encourages new vocabularies of art. Artists featured in the exhibition are: Aditi Aggarwal, Aiman Verma, Anisha Baid, Annette Jacob, Joe Paul Cyriac, Moksha Kumar, Pranay Dutta, Prerit Jain, Sayak Shome, Subhojyoti Sen Sarma, Sudhir Ambasana, Sultana Zana, and Yasha Shrivastava. A Dream Inventory. A phone screen erupts into an endless scroll as graphic elements glitch and blur in a state of rapid motion. Celestial bodies swirl, with and apart from each other, at a galactic pace. Abandoned urban architecture is juxtaposed with the artist's body, creating a simultaneous site under construction and demolition. Isolated, discarded objects placed in surreal combinations orchestrate a fiction in progress. Augmented wild animals placed in neighbourhood parks denote a shift in urban ecologies. Visions from a strange world emerge as fauna and flora morph into fantastical beings and landscapes. A machine generates poetry alongside a moving collage of sun-lit digital skies. Natural elements interact with the body, creating a symbolic space for the feminine. Analogous and digital, imagined and remembered; scraps of discarded informational output are combined into visual noise. A cloud burst occurs over a virtually generated, inhospitable environment. Eroded deco art buildings scheduled to be torn down morph into a new life. A conch shell questions a man on his presence in the Euclidean plane. - Text from terrain.art - weblink🔗
During the last few months - There is a feeling that we are simultaneously walking back in the past and future. On the risk of not sounding very gloomy, the sky is the bluest ever and the air is fresh. And there are penguins walking down the streets and dolphins in city lakes and rivers… Back to the Future - engaging in time travelling; shuttling freely between past, present and future, re-examining, re-imagining, altering, tweaking whatever is required to build an alternative sequence of possibilities.
Text: Source Vichaar K Achaar - Weblink 🔗