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Vol. XXXIII No. 13, October 16-31, 2023
Bhin Bhini – Changing Climate, Uncertain Livelihoods’ was an exhibit organized by the People Archive of Rural India. Curated by Krishnapriya CP, it was a documentation of climate change. As I walked towards DakshinChitra’s Vajra Art Gallery which served as the exhibit’s venue, I saw that the trees were wound with red threads. It was an arresting welcome to what would turn out to be an intense exhibit experience.
As I entered the exhibit, I saw an exclusive, interactive reading room to the left, which featured artwork on agriculture during the pandemic – displays from the Agri Forum Exhibition organised by the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art. The exhibit on the whole was quite sensory. Featuring multiple formats ranging from photo books and digital displays to art zones, photo decks, and darkroom experiences, it offered visitors a comprehensive and impactful experience. Curator Krishnapriya’s focus for the exhibit was on giving voice to stories with diverse perspectives, and the intent was reflected in the exhibit. There were paintings, heritage objects with displays, large photo prints, and even a printed textile presented as a forest ceiling, complete with auditory installations. The experiences were layered one after the other, some overlapping in a few instances. There were places that invited the visitors to sit and reflect on the sights and sounds. The exhibit asked many questions and conveyed many messages, but it all revolved around the collective narrative of respecting nature and the fellow beings we share the earth with, as well as the ripple effects of the imbalance we cause when we don’t.
An important exhibit, and a must visit experience.