Meera Menezes

  • picks January 02, 2015

    Anita Dube

    Danger lurks in the unlikeliest of places in Anita Dube’s Phantoms of Liberty, 2006–2007. While a gun pokes nonchalantly out of a refrigerator, a meat cleaver is stuck in an oven, and the box bed opens to reveal the dismembered remains of a woman. Covered in the same greenish-brown camouflage material as the other household objects nearby, these ominous elements are often difficult to discern. A nod to Surrealist artist Luis Buñuel’s similarly titled 1974 film, the installation is an uneasy reminder of the violence that can underscore scenes of apparent domestic harmony.

    Aptly titled “Yours

  • picks December 08, 2014

    Atul Bhalla

    It is more like a plunge than a slow immersion: Entering Atul Bhalla’s solo show “Ya ki kuchh aur!” (It’s Always About Something Else!), one feels immediately surrounded by water—thanks to Bhalla’s three-channel video installation Adrift (on Dvaipayana), 2014. As the Ganges’s water reflects pink-hued evening light, an unmanned boat glides across the three screens. Then suddenly, inexplicably, it bursts into flames, a burning fireball on dark waters.

    In this show, Bhalla deepens his investigations into two major strands of his artistic practice: water and walking. The former fascinates Bhalla,