ECOLOGIES OF THE VISUAL, ECONOMIES OF PROFIT.
by SHARLENE KHAN

WILD TALES, COSMIC WATERS
by RADHIKA SUBRAMANIAM

WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY AFTER THE LAST SKY ? NOTES ON VIBHA GALHOTRA’S INVESTIGATIONS By NICOLA TREZZI

ART, ECOLOGY, AND A POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
PRIYA PALL in conversation with VIBHA GALHOTRA

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Press:
Aestheticizing the Reality of a Polluted River
www.hyperallergic.com

Dredging a Dirty River for Art
www.citylab.com

Making Art Amidst the Death of an Immortal River
www.thewire.in

Eco conscience: Vibha Galhotra's creations comment on New Delhi pollution
www.wallpaper.com

Vibha Galhotra: I am a traveller, an observer of situations
www.studiointernational.com



Virtual View


Absur City Pity Dity - Jack Shainman Gallery, New York,2015

For this exhibion ABSUR -CITY -PITY -DITY, Galhotra focuses on the rapid environmental changes underway in India's Yamuna River, which due to unregulated sewage dumping, has quickly become one of the world's most contaminated rivers. This exhibion is in contiunation to her ongoing research on contaminaon / pollution in the water recourses of India. Where she as an observer, records the depleting resources in very aesthetical approach to draw the aettention of the viewer into deeper concerns for sustainability. Here approach to look at the absurdities of the mess comes with an optimist approach towards life goes on.
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles

The debilitating effects of this sort of dense urbanizaon are at the crux of 365 days, 2015. An extensive collecon of water samples the arst amassed daily from the Yamuna during the course of the past year is accompanied by short texts from local inhabitants. Their day-to-day interacons reveal a complicated relaonship with the river, saturated with equal parts necessity, denial, obliviousness, and absurdity. The repeon of 365 boles of polluted water becomes an ominous paern, and the systemac display a dogged aempt to classify and understand all the harm modern civilizaon inflicts on the earth.
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Majnu Ka Tila, Nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU 52 x 178 x 2 in
Majnu Ka Tila, Nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU 52 x 178 x 2 in

The work Majnu Ka Tila, 2015 is a tapestry comprised enrely of ghungroos, small metal bells worn on women bodies in tradional Indian dance. The scene depicts a sprawling building that has sprung up along the shores of the Yamuna. The composion is crowded, almost claustrophobic, as the structure sprouts out hive-like. The ghungaroos, objects of aesthec and sonic appeal, betray their funcon through their menacing subject maer, failing to announce the doom that is forewarned.
Majnu Ka Tila, Nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU 52 x 178 x 2 in
Majnu Ka Tila, Nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU 52 x 178 x 2 in
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Sediment, Sediment from River Yamuna on Glass- 60 x 48 in
Sediment, Sediment from River Yamuna on Glass- 60 x 48 in


In Sediment, the black sludge of the Yamuna River splashes like India-ink across large canvases. The water of the Yamuna is not simply a medium in this work, but a material visual actor speaking on the contradicons of its image of holiness and its reality as a contaminang, dying body of water. 
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity
Flow, Nickel Coated Ghungroos, Fabric, PU ‚129 x 93 x 112 in
Flow, Nickel Coated Ghungroos, Fabric, PU ‚129 x 93 x 112 in
Flow, Nickel Coated Ghungroos, Fabric, PU ‚129 x 93 x 112 in
Flow, Nickel Coated Ghungroos, Fabric, PU ‚129 x 93 x 112 in
Altering, nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU‚ 52 x 178 x 2 in
Altering, nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU‚ 52 x 178 x 2 in
Altering, nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU ‚ 52 x 178 x 2 in
Altering, nickel coated ghungroos, fabric, wood, PU‚ 52 x 178 x 2 in

Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Remains fabric and sediment embedded in resin, on steel stands
Remains  fabric and sediment embedded in resin, on steel stands
Sediment soaked coil of fabric as a residue from the film Manthan freezed in resin to represent the reality of these mess.
Remains(Detail) fabric and sediment embedded in resin, on steel stands
Remains (Detail), fabric and sediment embedded in resin, on steel stands
Remains fabric and sediment embedded in resin, on steel stands
Remains (Detail), fabric and sediment embedded in resin, on steel stands
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
365 Days, 4 x 4 in (each of 365) Mixed media paper works & river (yamuna) water and glass bottles
Map,glass and glass beads, cable, silver wire 89 x 94 x 12 in
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Installed View- Absur-City-Pity-Dity, JackShainman Gallery New York
Consumed Contamination, vegetables from yamuna bed embedded in resin ,15 x 7.5 x 2 in each
Consumed Contamination, vegetables from yamuna bed embedded in resin ,15 x 7.5 x 2 in each
Consumed Contamination, vegetables from yamuna bed embedded in resin ,15 x 7.5 x 2 in each
Consumed Contamination, vegetables from yamuna bed embedded in resin ,15 x 7.5 x 2 in each

Consumed Contamination
in which scientific like museum displays of exoctic species are revealed as festering vegetables.
Manthan Single channel digital video projection, Duration 10 min. 43sec.
Manthan Single channel digital video projection, Duration 10 min. 43sec.
Manthan Single channel digital video projection, Duration 10 min. 43sec.
Manthan Single channel digital video projection, Duration 10 min. 43sec.
The short film Manthan, 2015 invokes a legend from Hindu mythology in which the gods churn the ocean to obtain the nectar of immortality. Through a romancized, performave gesture, the film examines the prospects of migang ecological threat and envisions a process of churning the deleterious out of the Yamuna. Manthan is a refusal to give up hope and implores us to find a soluon before it's too late.