FIELD MEETING TAKE 6: THINKING COLLECTIONS

Nikhil Chopra (Goa)

 

Rogue

Performance

Synopses: Often using material from daily life, the artist uses lipstick, a cosmetic associated with femininity, sensuality and sexuality, to create a large-scale landscape drawing on a wall in his 1-hour performance action. Chopra’s performances often critically examine stereotypes based on identity, nationality, gender and class, while walking a fine line between performance art, theater, and landscape drawing.
 
 
 
 

Bio: Born in Calcutta and based in Goa, Nikhil Chopra is an Indian artist whose artistic practice ranges from live art, drawing, photography, sculpture and installations. His often improvised performances dwell on issues such as identity, the role of autobiography, the pose and self-portraiture, and the process of transformation. Chopra’s performances on the international art scene began in 2008, and Chopra has since participated in multiple international collaborations. In 2009, he participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale through Making Worlds and was apart of Marina Abramovic Presents at the Manchester International Festival. In this same year, his solo exhibition Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX opened at the New Museum in New York. Later, in 2014 and 2015 he performed at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, Bienal de la Habana and the 125th Sharjah Biennial. Chopra’s most recent exhibition Lands, Waters, and Skies opens on November 15, 2018 at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, India.