Untitled (Ocean Water), Turtle Island (Ocean Water) + Sun Ritual
Untitled (Ocean Water)
In the fall of 2018, I asked five people to donate water from the five oceans. The water was then couriered and shipped across other oceans. In the spring of 2019, the water is air-dried in glasses and the residual salt and minerals are collected. The evaporated water then makes its way back to the ocean.
Turtle Island (Ocean Water)
When we consider water through the lens of western constructs or schools of thought like or akin to geography, typically we think of it as a barrier – that which separates us. It forces a dislocation. An interruption to being in relation to. Curator Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, informed from the teachings and life work of Anishinaabe Grandmother Water Walker Josephine Mandamin (1942 – 2019). Josephine walked a bucket of water from all four corners of Turtle Island back to Lake Superior (where they were ceremoniously poured in) many times over the course of her lifetime. The artist and curators felt for the work to be shown here meant to honour her and her work. Water from the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Nunavut Waters were gathered & flown in for the work – water isn’t what divides us, its what connects us.”
SUM Gallery Rooftop:
July 24 | July 31 | August 2
8:45 – 9:15pm
A performance document of a walk and swim towards the sun nearing sunset. The performance of an unanticipated duration starts on the coast of Maharashtra, IN and continues in the water of the Arabian Sea.
Tsohil Bhatia is an artist and homemaker based in Lenapehoking. They work with their body and its ghost to contemplate the latencies of quotidian objects, images and phenomenon revealed in the quietude of their home. They studied Performance Art at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore) and were awarded the Regina and Martin Miller Fellowship to attend an MFA at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University (2020). Their work has been shown at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC), Bezalel Academy(Jerusalem), Hair+Nails(MN), Phosphor Project Space(PA) and the Andy Warhol Museum (PA). They’ve participated at Franconia Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Residency, Ox Bow School of Art (MI), HH Art Spaces Residency (Goa), Shergill-Sunderam Shanthi Road Residency (Bangalore) and will be at residence at the Chautauqua School of Art and MASS MoCA in 2021. They’re represented by Blueprint12 Gallery (New Delhi).