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Āpa yahām̐ nahīṁ haiṁ [You are not here]

Shivanjani Lal

[You are not here] is a video momento mori to the artist’s Grandmother; a symbolic representation of memory and an invitation for an audience to engage and meditate alongside the artist’s personal history and nostalgic sentiment. In the work, the photographic image belonging to the artist is eroded - both metaphorically and physically - to simulate the cycles of life as sacred and perpetual happenings. It is the in-between-space that acts as a joint meditation, which creates a relationship between the artist and viewer.


Shivanjani Lal, Āpa yahām̐ nahīṁ haiṁ [You are not here], 2012, digital video, audio, 3:56 min