Nikhil Chopra: Space Oddity

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

7 December 2013 - 5 April 2014

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Following his three day live performance in the Gallery in response to our Indian decorative object collection, Nikhil Chopra has created spectacular portraits on the walls of our Focus Gallery. Space Oddity accompanies an exhibition of photographs from a previous performance entitled Inside Out.

Nikhil Chopra, Space Oddity, 18 hour performance, 2013. Photo: Stefan Handy, Costumes: Loise Braganza. A Meadow Arts commission in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Nikhil Chopra, Space Oddity, 18 hour performance, 2013. Photo: Stefan Handy, Costumes: Loise Braganza. A Meadow Arts commission in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Space Oddity was an 18 hour artistic performance devised by Nikhil Chopra to play out over three days. During this time, he produced charcoal drawings of members of the Wolverhampton community as well as onlookers on the walls of the Gallery, as a way of examining the role of portraiture in the Art Gallery’s collection and reflecting India’s colonial past.

The title Space Oddity is taken from the 1969 David Bowie song, and reflects the transition of the time – women’s rights, the empowerment of the working class, booming Western economies and hundreds of thousands of migrants from former English colonies. Nikhil Chopra has chosen this title to elude to the strangeness of a place, experienced by those who came to England around this time.

Costumes designed by Loise Braganza.

This exhibition is part of Shakti, a collaboration with Meadow Arts who have invited contemporary artists of Indian origin to respond to and interact with historic collections of South Asian art at venues across the Midlands and Wales, including Powis Castle and Kedleston Hall. For more information about Meadow Arts and Shakti, please visit www.meadowarts.org.

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