Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing V Part 1

Indian Highway
Serpentine Gallery, London

December 2008
Duration 57 Hours
Curators: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton Jones OBE and Gunnar Kravan
Costumes: Tabasheer Zutshi
Video: Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra
Photography: Gautier Deblonde

Spending 2 nights in a tent in Kensington Gardens in the dead of winter to make a drawing of the Serpentine Gallery was an ordeal I really wanted to experience. I went prepared as an explorer would. Tabasheer designed a thick quilted leather and wool costume for the occasion. My audience was very sparse. Those that made the effort to come up to the drawing in the middle of the park were dog walkers, exercise enthusiasts and kids on bikes. It was a pleasure to see the ‘aha’ on their faces. I pretended not to speak so did not engage in any conversation. Some how the audience thought that I couldn’t hear either.
“The performance at the Serpentine Gallery began with the artist, dressed as Yog Raj Chitrakar removing his tent and props from the Gallery and setting them up outdoors. Throughout the performance, he made a large-scale drawing of what he saw in the landscae around him: architecture and nature. At the end of the three days he hung the drawings in the Gallery, and took his props and collapsed tent back inside where they will remain for the duration of the exhibition as a remnant of the performance.”*

*From the Serpentine Gallery Website

http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2008/06/nikhil_chopra10am_wednesday_10_1.html

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