“Once a certain idea of landscape, a myth, a vision, establishes itself in an actual place, it has a peculiar way of muddling categories, of making metaphors more real than their referents; of becoming in fact, part of the scenery.” – Simon Schama
Deep Time was Rohini Devasher’s third solo show and the first to preview at the KHOJ Studios. Drawing on research and fieldwork that began in 2010, Deep Time was part of an ongoing project that looked to map common points between astronomy and art practice, through the lens of metaphor. The works in the show, Monographed Geographies, Parts Unknown, Surface Tracking and Reading into the Stars were explorations of strange terrains where myth and fiction blur the boundaries of what is real and imagined.
Born in 1978, Rohini Devasher lives and works in New Delhi. She received her MA in Printmaking from the Winchester School of Art in the UK and her BFA in Painting from the College of Art in New Delhi. Devasher’s artistic practice explores processes of emergence in biological and physical systems. She works in a variety of media including large site-specific drawings, video, digital prints, and sound.
Devasher was the recipient of the Skoda Breakthrough Artist Award 2013, the Sarai Associate Fellowship 2010 and INLAKS Fine Art Award 2007 and 2008. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Metal Culture in the UK, 2013 and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in between March and June 2012. She was part of the Kochi Muziris Biennale (with her work Parts Unknown) and has shown her work at the IZIKO Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, The Wanås Foundation, Sweden, Courtauld Institute of Art, KHOJLIVE12, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, in Warsaw and the Apeejay New Media Gallery New Delhi among others.
The exhibition at KHOJ was a preview of the artist’s solo show at Project 88, Mumbai which opened on November 29, 2013.