Anita Dube, Chitravanu Mazumdar, Mithu Sen, Pushpamala N, Sumakshi Singh, Susanta Mandal, Shambhavi Singh
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
The exhibition Phantasmagoria: Specters of Disenchantment borrows its title from Walter Benjamin’s seminal Arcades Project, which alludes to the 18th century rear projected light display - famously known as the magic lantern. In a similar manner, the larger-than-life shadows and images present a menacing specter of the current conditions that plague our society, most of which are palpable, but not necessarily visible to the naked eye.
In a similar manner, the artist's engagement in the exhibition suggests the current horrors that scourge our society, that are ever present, but remain unattended or inadmissible, as the phantasmagorias of war, ecological devastation, ethnic and religious conflict or the recent Covid-19 pandemic that start to play out in real time. Can we redeem ourselves from this darkness and reconcile our relationship with nature and ourselves? What lies ahead? The artists shine light on a few possibilities.