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The light on the shore

DNMUM404891 | 1/7/2018 | Author : Ornella D’Souza | WC :790

A new light installation by contemporary artist Shilpa Gupta at Mumbai’s Bandra promenade questions religion, gender and identity in English, Hindi and Urdu, reports Ornella D‘Souza
Light dances through tiny bulbs arranged in a scramble of English, Hindi and Urdu cursive words, on four rows of an 18-feet wide light-art installation that resembles a banner on two poles. All the three languages translate the same line - We change each other. When one script comes on, the other two switch off. This creation by contemporary Indian artist Shilpa Gupta has been standing at Mumbai’s Carter Road seafront since New Year’s Eve. Its presence has had joggers and casual loiterers rendezvousing in the salt-breeze, halt, ruminate on its meaning, and admire the installation’s ability to weave itself to the canvas of the foamy rocks, coconut trees, wintry grey skies, street lamps, and mild cacophony of the traffic behind.
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