Unlynching 2017

UNlynching: You never one piece

Title: UNlynching : You never one piece

Medium : Installation with bronzes, found objects, wall drawing, gesso painting on board and glass

Size: variable (8 ft x 3 ftx 8 “)

Year: 2017


UNlynching : You never one piece

1947,1948,1949,1950,1951,1952,1953,1954,1956,1957,1958,1959,1960,1961,1962,1963,1964,1965,1966,1967,1968,1969,1970,1971,1972,1973,1974,1975,1976,1977,1978,1979,1980,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013, 2014,2015,2016,2017 to be cont.

(I name all the years as the wall text , beginning from 1947 until today while mentioning to be continued…highlighting the  continued process of violence in India.)


I am not responding to violence as an activist. Or merely as an artist. Violence is a human act and intrinsically connected to human life, experiences and interactions.

Inbetweenness ~ Separateness

The objects, shadows, glass are (un)used to open the spaces of inbetweenness on violence.

Each manifested form is a fragment of human relationship.

Nonetheless, the visual tactile forms also allude to the hidden recesses which are also potent with violence. Glass is almost like a transparent border, for both separateness and also inbetweenness. That which is the other is also connected.

A new piece by Mithu Sen, specially commissioned for the show, titled UNlynching: You never one piece, an installation with bronzes, found objects, wall drawing, gesso painting on board and glass, that artfully illustrates the generic nature of violence, how it cannot be pinned on any one religion or group. Sen lists all the years since 1947, writing ‘to be continued’ at the end of 2017, as if subtly suggesting that while things change, they also remain constant, presenting us with a challenge to alter this tired narrative.