This photograph is one out of ten documentation images of a performance by the artist Nikhil Chopra at Chatterjee and Lal for the show “Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing II” in 2007.
The following is an excerpt from an e-vite of this show sourced from the artists website:
“Between the 11th and 14th December 2007, in the character of Yog Raj Chtrakar, Nikhil made a drawing of the panoramic view seen from the rooftop of Kamal Mansion in Colaba. For the duration of 72 hours he remained confined to a room in thisbuilding, and an image of the view was relayed live into the room.
Yog Raj Chitrakar is a fictional character based on Nikhil’s grandfather, Yog Raj Chopra, a landscape painter, whose consistent interest was to capture in paint in plain air the grandeur of the Kashmir valley.”
Nikhil Chopra’s artistic practice ranges between live art, theatre, painting, photography, sculpture and installations. His performances, in large part improvised, dwell on issues such as identity, the role of autobiography, the pose and self-portraiture, reflects on the process of transformation and the part played by the duration of performance. Taking autobiographical elements as his starting point, Chopra combines everyday life and collective history; daily acts such as eating, resting, washing and dressing, but also drawing and making clothes, acquire the value of ritual, becoming an essential part of the show.
The artist has exhibited and performed globally since 2005. Participation in important solo and group exhibitions include Fire Water, 2nd Yinchuan Biennale, China (2018); Drawing a Line Through Landscape, documenta14, Athens, Greece & Kassel, Germany (2017); Blackening VI, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK (2017); Bhairav, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2017); The Black Pearl: the city from the river, Alchemy, Southbank Centre, London, UK (2016); La Perla Negra, La Bienal de Habana, Havana, Cuba (2016); Use Like Water, Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015); Give Me Your Blood and I Will Give You Freedom, Singapore International Festival for the Arts (2014); Inside Out, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (2012); Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing X, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2010). The artist has also performed at Performa, New York (2008); the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); and the Yokohama Triennale (2008). Chopra lives and works in Goa.
This artist bio has been sourced from Nikhil Chopras page on the Chatterjee and Lal Gallery website.