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Shambhavi Kaul, Scene 32, 2009, 16-mm film and HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 5 minutes.

Shambhavi Kaul

Jhaveri Contemporary

Shambhavi Kaul, Scene 32, 2009, 16-mm film and HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 5 minutes.

Shambhavi Kaul seems endlessly enchanted with the idea that extraterrestrials are just an Orbitz booking away. Though her work has been shown internationally at events and platforms including the BFI London Film Festival, this exhibition, “Lunar State,” was Kaul’s first solo gallery show. It comprised three short videos (including transfers from film) and one set of five digital prints. Titled Planet, 2014, the prints each feature an identical image seemingly taken from an in-flight magazine and tinted a radioactive brass—whether one is looking at clouds, rocks, a gasoline explosion, or just cauliflower is eerily hard to tell. Across the bottom of the prints are lines plucked from the same source. THERE IS NO LONGER A DOT ON THE MAP, reads one, while another states: THE MEN AND WOMEN ARE LONG GONE.

Crackpot UFO conspiracy theory permeated the show. The earliest work here, the

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