Documenta Indica: Pushpamala N
Pushpamala, well known for her conceptual practice in performance photography and video, has been making sculptures lately. She rekindles the artisanal practice of her earlier training as a sculptor to make discursive objects in the form of documents, extending her interest in 19th century subjects like ethnography and anthropometry to epigraphy, or the study of inscriptions. While some of the objects in the exhibition speak, others are inscrutable and mysterious. Some refer to historical objects from the museum, and others memorialize the ephemera of the street and of public protests. Altogether they become an archive and repository of cultural memory and a document of the age.