Self-portrait / video loop, black and white, silent, 2:17
Projections on vinyl
In ancient Bengali culture (and certain social niches today), the woman with the fairest skin-- or, “is shadha”-- is the woman who is supposedly the most beautiful, destined for good health, and among others-- is the highest in her social class.
It is the skin which is freed from the labor of the sun, or the skin blended by the historical genes of the most “powerful and wise”: the Mughals and Ottomans.
Shadha, or the color white, also allows for ambiguity and escape.
It is the freedom of the spirit to roam and rebel in a neutral infinity field, despite being “encaged” in the skin of a woman.
An expansion of my earlier film, Lotus Flower (2014), when installed, this film is looped in an immersive installation environment. Wind propagates ephemerality in the room, manipulating various drapes. As "projection-canvases," the fabrics allow viewers to walk through the exposures and become a part of the body.
Projections on vinyl in solo exhbhition, The Intrinsic Code of Language (April 2016). Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.