A packet of works by Amol Patil
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Amol K. Patil (b. 1987), a conceptual and performance artist, once said that his artwork is an ever reaching attempt to recapture the vibrating movement and sound of the ‘chawl’ architecture, which he grew up surrounded by. The ‘chawl’, a form of 5 storey social housing for mill and factory workers was built in the early 1900s, with many tenements fit close together and long verandahs connecting every door of children running on floorboards above, the gossiping voices from dimly lit tables under which men gather to play carrom, the man with a walking stick, the sound of termites eating into wood, wedding festivities, and rhythmically creaking beds.
After discovering his own affinity for performance art he explores, beyond his father’s work as a theatre activist, through the objects he found in old cupboards. An old dicta tape recorder, a walkman, and cassettes capture sounds and immigrant dialects his father must have recorded for his typed grassroots, avant-garde theatre scripts about the dilemma of living as a migrant within the city, performed within the industrial mill areas of Bombay, as well as the found handwritten songs of his poet grandfather. The songs come from a protest tradition since the 17th century called ‘Powada’, much in use before and after national independence, still found today, that not so much sing, but in rap form, spit out furious words, against the caste system, and the revolutionary spoken word histories of BR Ambedkar, the author of the Indian constitution, and the Dalit thinker who gave India roads out of caste and toward social equality.
He has participated in many national and international exhibitions such as Yokohama Triennale (2020); Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi (2019); The Showroom (2018); Tensta Konsthall (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Pune Biennale (2017); New Galerie, Paris (2016); Dakar Biennale (2016); Myymälä2, Helsinki (2015); Japan Foundation, Delhi (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014); International Artists Initiated, Glasgow (2014); International Video Art Festival, Lagos (2014); Para Site, Hong Kong (2014); Art Dubai Projects (2014); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2013); and the Transnational Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) among numerous others. He lives and works in Mumbai.