Friday, March 25, 2011
Shall We? : featuring current resident artist, Chin Patel
Shall We? Chinmoyi Patel
SHOWING MARCH 30(wed), APRIL 1(fri) & 2(sat), 2011, BAR OPENS 7PM-11PM
Chinmoyi Patel’s new video “Shall We?” (2011), produced on residency at Green Papaya Art Projects, presents the artist playing dinner host to a party of four. While the guests freely talk, raise glasses and motion to pass food, the occasional passer-by and the signage surrounding disrupt this otherwise familiar scene. Set in a lifestyle store to a score of ambient muzak, Patel establishes a disjunction between the participant’s actions and their actuality. This private dinner party is public. There is no food, so if one wills, they must pretend.
Furthering Patel’s interest in “play” as a means to examine contemporary experience and situations, in “Shall We?” Patel utilises the artifice inherent in both the setting and the performances to subtly question contemporary social conventions. Meccas for ready-made “better living”, the lifestyle store is an anywhere non-place characterised by the international language of mass produced design. With “Shall We?” Patel invites us to question our role in the consumption of this global economy of “lifestyle”. (Susan Gibb, curator-in-residence at Green Papaya Art Projects)
Chinmoyi Patel (b. 1985, Baroda, India) is the current artist-in-residence at Green Papaya Art Projects. In 2009 she completed a Master of Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been included in numerous exhibitions in Europe and Asia including in Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 2010, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Rochelle School, London and Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009).
SHOWING MARCH 30, APRIL 1 & 2, 2011, BAR OPENS 7PM-11PM