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Space Oddity

Space Oddity

3 day Artist's Performance 28, 29 & 30 Nov 2013
Drawings exhibited in gallery until 5 April 2014

18 hour performance, 2013. Photos: Stefan Handy, Costumes: Loise Braganza. A Meadow Arts commission in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

As a performer, whose practice emerges from the visual arts, every site offers a range of possibilities in terms of content material, backdrops, contexts and audiences.  Chopra created a new performance, entitled Space Oddity, especially for Wolverhampton Art Gallery, using the gallery's extensive collection of Indian artefacts as a source of inspiration.

Over three days in November 2013, Chopra occupied a gallery space, dressed in a specially designed costume which transformed into a new arrangement on each day. Members of the Wolverhampton community volunteered to sit for portraits and enjoyed tea with the artist while he drew images directly onto the gallery walls in charcoal. The portraits can be seen on the walls of Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 5 April 2014.

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Nikhil Chopra

Nikhil Chopra works across a number of media including performance, painting and photography to reflect upon personal histories and India’s colonial past.

Nikhil Chopra was born in 1974 in Calcutta and now lives and works in Goa. He studied art in Mumbai, India and Ohio, United States and has been internationally acclaimed for his work which blurs the boundaries between theatre, performance, painting, photography and sculpture. Chopra describes these many artistic processes as a form of storytelling that intermingles familial histories, personal narrative and everyday life. Drawing on autobiography, India’s colonial history and the fetishisation of ‘the exotic’, Chopra creates intense and deeply layered site-specific experiences for audiences which unfold over many hours and days, culminating most typically in an exhilarating fusion of performance and large-scale drawing which remains in the gallery space as a residue of the artist’s time spent there.

As well as exhibiting and performing work internationally, Chopra has created work for the Manchester International Festival and the Venice Bienniale.

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