A solo show by Sarasija Subramanian, one of the participants in the Building Bridges project, at 1 Shanti Road in Bangalore, opening this Friday, October 26th and running through Monday 29th.
Opening: Friday, October 26th
Dates: October 26th - 29th, 2018
Venue: 1 Shanti Road, Shanti Nagar, Bangalore, India
The projects that Sarasija Subramanian is exhibiting at 1 Shanthiroad, Bangalore deals with the re-fictionalizing of existing narratives - one an excerpt from Homer's Odyssey and the other tales of Irish Sea Monsters.
A community who play a small and seemingly inconsequential part in Homer’s Odyssey, the Lotus Eaters are but a blip in a voyage of epic proportions - yet it weaves a significant metaphor. Hundreds of men, after fighting and winning a war for the ages, are so enamoured by a small community of individuals who live their lives in absolute apathy, that they no longer felt the yearning to go home. A suspension occurs within the epic, and the army belongs to the plant (referred to as the lotus), as Homer attributes these feelings/sensations to a plant that they consume.
For the other, in Ireland, and other parts of Northern Europe, there exists a synonymity between the sea and the ununderstood. Oscillating between fear, a lack of control and yet undeniable yearning, man forges a relationship with the sea through a series of stories – the speculative is mostly fantastical.
Both being appropriated and mapped through speculations, the work looks at our relationship with the unknown; either as the object of our desire, or as an escape.