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Nikhil Chopra, Drawing a Line Through Landscape, 2017. Performance view, Tsarino, Bulgaria, May 18, 2017. From Documenta 14. Photo: Madhavi Gore.

THE NOMADIC TRAVELER encounters simultaneous solitude and community: I blurs with we, as does here with there, then with now. During a long journey, the sense of settlement itself paradoxically becomes portable. Such was the case, at least, in Drawing a Line Through Landscape, 2017, a peripatetic performance piece by Nikhil Chopra conceived for Documenta 14. Chopra began in Athens and traveled to Kassel in a van with a tent and crew, successively occupying eight Eastern European sites along a trajectory between the two cities that mirrored the so-called Balkan Route, used by refugees in record numbers, while also referencing histories of Gypsy migration. The team stopped in courtyards and in the countryside, whereupon Chopra performed, partly by drawing whatever local vista he encountered on a unique canvas: a blank stretch of the tent’s inner lining.

The artist’s journey concluded

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