Capital Formation/No Exit Nation is the second iteration of Delhi-based artists, Ayesha Singh and Jyothidas K.V. ‘s collaborative series that involve performance, plinths, poetry, prints, and projections. They respond to architecture beyond the facade of rapid development in cities and look under the peels of paint and plaster to engage with its forgotten histories and the human cost of imposed change. They reference materials and architectural fragments that point toward historic continuities, which explicate social hierarchies and power structures. In the work to be shared at Dimensions Variable, they look at the context of Little Haiti and register their response through words, objects, and audiences.
Ayesha Singh’s practice subverts socio-political hierarchies and highlights the assertion of established systems of power in architecture. Video, sculpture, installation, performance and drawings create sites of discourse and record, to question the assumed permanence of buildings and the histories omitted during construction, restoration and destruction. Singh is also the co-founder of Art Chain India- a digital community for artists driven by the potential for localized assistances and commonalities to create global solidarities within artist communities. The space exists to cultivate a politics of autonomy and collaboration, and to de-center conversation, economy and resources.
Jyothidas K. V.
Jyothidas K V is a visual artist and researcher whose practice varies from drawing-based installations, photographs, text, prints, to performances and gatherings. His works deal with mutations of bodies under neoliberalism, the transmogrification of the edges of cities, and his performances try to locate acts of belonging and displacements. For his academic work, he researches the history of modernist printmaking in India. He is a founding member of Mo’Halla, an art+culture+politics pop-up platform with a special focus on South Asia, based in Berlin and New Delhi.