Sahej Rahal, 'Dry Salvages', 2017

Sahej Rahal
Dry Salvages 

PREVIEW AND PERFORMANCE: Thursday 11 May 2017, 18:00-22:00
12 May–17 June, Friday–Saturday, 12:00-18:00 or by appointment

During his residency, Sahej Rahal worked with found objects, created tools, costumes and instruments to develop a meandering episodic narrative, wherein absurd shamanic beings perform ritualistic acts of transit across the landscape of Nottingham. The residue of these objects and performances will continue to coalesce through a new video that allows this evolving narrative to continue to unfold across multiple sites in 2017/18.

Rahal’s installations, videos and performances are part of an elaborate mythology, created by drawing upon characters from a range of sources, from local legends to science-fiction. These form scenarios where indeterminate beings emerge into the everyday, as if from the cracks of our civilisation. Rahal lives and works in Mumbai a sprawling metropolis of enormous contradictions and collisions that has shaped the playful irreverence with which he approaches art-making. Just as the city continues to absorb multiple narratives, Rahal’s works attempt to re-figure and re-interpret historical fact, offering a multitude of portals between the real and the imagined.

The Minarets have spiral staircases encrusted with spiral seashells, where perfect telescopes and violins are made, where the museum goers hesitating at the exit doors always encounter a section they haven’t visited, where behind the marketplace cockfights degenerate into bloody brawls among the betters. In the square there is an obsidian plinth where the old men sit and watch as their desires become memories.


Dry Salvages trailer from Sahej Rahal on Vimeo.

This commission is part of Here, There and Everywhere, supported by funding from Art Council England as part of the cultural exchange programme, Reimagine India. Aspects of Rahal’s work developed at Primary, will be presented within the wider programme including an exhibition at mac Birmingham in 2018.

The performance forms part of Object Performance, a series of commissions presented by Primary & TG, combining residency and exhibition formats, alongside new performances.


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