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Revisit Neha Choksi’s Works as Part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018

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In case you missed it, the Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018 is underway. And the art district is abuzz with new openings, walkthroughs with artists and panel discussions with some of our brightest minds. (Read up on our picks here.) While you’re at it, make it a pit stop at Le Mill too.

We’ve teamed up with Project 88 to revisit some of Neha Choksi’s works, and bring them into the Colaba store. Choksi, who divides her time between Mumbai and Los Angeles, works across media — performance, sculpture, video, photography, painting, and sound. Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide; notable names include the Manchester Art Gallery, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Dhaka Art Summit (2018), Spencer Museum, and the Frieze Art Fair.

Choksi’s frottage works currently at Le Mill (top), from the series titled ‘An ending and a beginning’ (2016), intertwine the geological and the human. The graphite-on-paper works were derived by rubbing over rocks in a granite quarry in southern California. Over rocks which have been blasted, chiseled, and distributed to customers. The works too follow the very pattern of displacement they seek to domesticate. Choksi suggests, the act of creation is much like the act of quarrying stone; of drawing from inner resources.

‘Into (on the other side)’ (2016)

Gallerist Sree Goswami, of Project 88, started working with the multi-disciplinary artist over a decade ago, in 2007. “I respond to the absurdity, the humour; the balance of comic and tragic,” she says. “Her works are deeply philosophically engaged. She pursues something far over time until it is pared down to some essence that we humans can find rich and meaningful.”

Also housed at Le Mill, you’ll find ‘Into (on the other side)’ (2016) – a work comprised of a photograph and a sheet of glass. The print is the culmination of a performance by the artist. It plays with the idea of barriers and access, portals and communication. The work involves interposing a sheet of glass between a tree and a person (in this case the artist).