My works often resort to the use of text and symbol, calligraphy, popular icons, etcetera, to register a context to the viewer. In most of my performance art still photographs, my face becomes a canvas representing the topic of address. The combination of the two converts the image into a metaphor – taking away the literal meaning of the words and the obviousness of self-representation.
The Arabic script spelling “Allah” or the Hindi “Om” may not be legible to all, but the significance of wearing a dot or design in between the eyebrows is known to most. the Arabic script spelling “mother” tattooed across the face of the Allah denoted woman or the Hindi script spelling “mother” tattooed across the face of the Hinduism denoted woman may not be legible to all, but what almost everyone is able to perceive is the resonance of the images to the queen of hearts configuration. And what most might also easily guess is the opposite nature of the two faces… despite the fact that they belong to one and the same person!
For those who are aware of the polarized socio-political climate of India, no further explanation is necessary. For those unaware – the story is still about the symbolic motherland separated ideologically but with common challenges.