Install - Prototype, 2011 - Asim Waqif
About the Work
About Install - Prototype
Install - Prototype begins with close-ups of the hustle and bustle of contemporary New Delhi, India: flies buzz around a lightbulb, children run in the street, and workmen cut and weld metal for what will be the foundation of Asim Waqif ...Read More
Install - Prototype begins with close-ups of the hustle and bustle of contemporary New Delhi, India: flies buzz around a lightbulb, children run in the street, and workmen cut and weld metal for what will be the foundation of Asim Waqif’s water-based installation. As the world of the street fades away, the video cuts to the banks of the Yamuna (in Hindi, Jamuna) River, from which the installation—large metal letters spelling "HELP" that float on recycled plastic bottles—is lowered into the water. Once crystal clear, the Yamuna is now considered one of the most polluted rivers in the world, and Waqif’s point is thus poignantly executed.Read Less
About the Artist
About Asim Waqif
His recent projects have attempted a crossover between architecture, art, and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying/intervening/using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity spaces for marginalized people.
Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste, and architecture. Artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately pain-staking and laborious, but the products themselves are usually temporary and sometimes even designed to decay.
Courtesy of Seven Art Limited Read Less
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