Nikhil Chopra

Chatterjee & Lal

If you had met Nikhil Chopra at New York’s New Museum, disguised as a 1920s flapper for his Performa 09 piece Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX, you would not have recognized him in Mumbai. Chopra’s latest performance here, Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing X, lasted a strenuous forty-eight hours and afforded no glamorous gender bending. In keeping with his other ventures, Chopra explored the city. But unlike previous works, this one left him much the worse for wear.

Here, Chopra as “Yog Raj Chitrakar”—dressed in fawn plus fours and equipped with a rucksack stuffed with provisions—set off from the prosperous suburb of Bandra to the less posh sections of South Mumbai accompanied by an “audience” of critics, collectors, and his gallerists as well as family, friends, and curious passersby. Filing past the sleepy little houses of Sherley Village, we entered the hustle and bustle of Mumbai

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