Drawing a Line through Landscape (Part 2: On the Road)
A performance by Nikhil Chopra for documenta 14*
Place: Gorna Lipnitsa
Time: May 24 – 25, 2017 – 10:00-20:00
Nikhil Chopra has just completed his 60 hours long performance for documenta 14 in Athens. Enclosed in a shop on Archemedeous 15 he made drawings of the endless sea using mud and water as his medium. This was Part I of the durational performance “Drawing a Line through Landscape’.
After emerging from the muddy sea, Nikhil Chopra takes on Part 2 of the performance. This time he will make his way by road through Europe from Athens to Kassel from the 13th of May to the 8th of June 2017. He will pitch his mobile room in city squares, abandoned villages and the wilderness, stopping at each location to make drawings on the walls of his tent. Each location also presents it self with an original song that is sung to a prerecorded tune. Each location offers new collaborations with local and home-based artists.
Eventually Nikhil will end in Kassel on the platform of the old Hauptbahnhof with a series of large drawings that will be sewn together and draped to create one continuous panoramic drawing.
While searching for what we all have in common and art being a language that connects us all, the question that he is in search of is, “In the mode of a nomad, will performance realize its potential to transform; spaces, places, people and the self? The answer lies in the moment.”
Performance interventions in
- Sofia by Ivo Ivan
- Gorna Lipnitsa by Madhavi Gore and Jana Prepeluh
- Budapest by Ivan Angelus and Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy
Costume Design- Loise Braganza
Set Design- Aradhana Seth
Film- Sophie Winqvist
Song Writer- Gautam Sharma
Driver- Stephen Frick
Documentation- Madhavi Gore
Project Assistant- ShairaSequeira
Project Supported by documenta 14, Piramal Art Foundation, Payal and AnuragKhanna, Galleria Continua and Chatterjee&Lal
Project Partners- University of Ioannina, Department of Fine Art; Tsarino Foundation; Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival; AteliePlastelin, Sofia; The Old School Art Residency, Gorna Lipnitsa; Tancskola, Budapest; Bridgeguard Residency, Sturovo; Apart Collective, Bratislava.
*documenta is an exhibition of contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. It was founded by artist, teacher and curator Arnold Bode in 1955. This first documenta featured many artists who are generally considered to have had a significant influence on modern art (such as Picasso and Kandinsky). The more recent editions feature art from all continents; nonetheless most of it is site-specific.
Every documenta is limited to 100 days of exhibition, which is why it is often referred to as the “museum of 100 days”. Documenta is not a selling exhibition. It often coincides with three other major art world events: the Venice Biennale, Art Basel and Skulptur Projekte Münster.
The documenta 14 is the fourteenth edition of the art exhibition and will take place 2017 in both Kassel, its traditional home, and Athens, Greece.