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I Am a Poet 2013 -2014

Tate Modern, London 2013 link
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna 2014
KHOJ, New Delhi 2014

Collected as a series of poems, disappearing bodies of language were compiled and performed into a poetry ...

With the political and social compulsions that infest our demeanor; with the regional, racial and vernacular prejudices that define our ideology, there has been a loss of identity and language. Those moments that exist and are not recorded remain repressed and unheard. Due to the lack of ‘appropriate’ spoken, written words, we remain inadequate in expressing true thoughts,  that leads to a trail of silence. This silence was given voice through my  non-scripted text. Collected as a series of poems, these disappearing bodies of language were compiled into a poetry book for the project, “I Am a Poet”.

Reading the poems in public transformed into an experiment with a spontaneous and imaginary dream language presented through a visual and performative practice as a resistance in search of a new medium of communication. A language: not as rigid and as ‘elite’ with no hint of humiliation or suppression.

People were invited to read non-sense characters from artist’s poetry book and their anonymous voices were collected to create an abstract body that claimed repressed emotional voices and a potential moment of lingual anarchy, a language of the subconscious, a morphed body from a visual to a sonic form.

Never to repeat and never to remember, each word was used only once with the utterances constituting the realm of unknown, of excited wonderment where expressions can be voiced sans inhibitions, presenting a hope to shake the foundations of power structures through engagement and participation.

m/Other Tongue
Be Beyond Being 2021
Until You.. 2021
Uncatharsis 2020
QR 2020
UnMansplaining 2019
Lunch is cancelled 2019
Unlockdown 2020
How to be a SUCKcessful Artist 2019
100 (un)silent ways 2019
UnMYthU: UnKIND(s) Alternatives APT9
new media
Mit i sny (Myth and Dreams)2018
Unlynching 2017
Sounding Drawing
Unline 2017
Unhome in City IF Angels 2017
We Unfinish each other 2017
I Replace You 2017
Embodied Language 2017
(Left Untold) 2016
Aphasia 2016
Return Gifts: For Sale 2016
MOU (Museum of Unbelongings)2011-2018
Kenopsia 2016
Mis(s)Guide 2016
Tongue that won't stop wounding 2015
Once upon a sari 2015
Unwor(l)dly 2015
Ahh Taj 2011 - 2015
Nonversation 2015
Border Unseen 2014
I Am a Poet 2013 - 2014
Shop Lifting 2014
I have only one language; it is not mine 2014
No star, No land, No word, No Commitment 2004-2014
Non spinal 2007-2014
Poems Declined 2014
A ° V O I D 2014
Deafening Silence 2013
Same River Twice 2013
Artist: Unknown 2013
Cannibal Lullaby 2013
I am not me 2012
Devoid 2012
In House Adoption 2012
Twinkle Twinkle 2012
For(e)play 2011
I chew, I bite, The Unknown 2010-2011
In Transit 2011
Black Candy (Iforgotmypenisathome) 2010
No thing 2011
Unwanted 2010
Nothing lost in translation 2008
Freemithu 2007-ongoing
Abstract Cabinet 2009
Dropping Gold, Dropping Gold 2009
Me two 2009
I dig,I look down 2008
Half Full 2007
Kamdhenu 2007
Icarus 2006-2007
Indubala and her Unbelongings 2007
All that's solid melts into air 2006
It's good to be a queen 2006
Letters on the beach 2006
Drawing Room 2006
Ephemeral Affair 2006
Being Anastacia 2006
Spiritual materialistic 2005
Breathing 2004
Burnt by the sun 2004
Outside the war zone 2004
I hate pink 2003
Maa Jai Boluk 1998
Twilight Zone 2003
No way out 2002
Unbelongings 2001
Can we really look beyond the map 2000
Hair Unbelongings 2000-ongoing