Rana Begum, No. 881 Floats, 2019, marble, metal, 45 1⁄4 × 23 5⁄8 × 23 5⁄8".

Rana Begum, No. 881 Floats, 2019, marble, metal, 45 1⁄4 × 23 5⁄8 × 23 5⁄8".

Rana Begum

Jhaveri Contemporary

Memories of extraordinary disasters—earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions—can be passed on for centuries. In our collective present, one of our most persistent images of crisis is one linked to climate change: the ocean rushing in to sweep us away with all our cherished creations. This has happened many times over. Yet we still do not know the shape of the worst that awaits us, how grotesque and brilliant our apocalypse might be.

Will our fishing nets draw in iridescent effluents? Our buoys petrify? Our new artifacts have to be pieced together from metal scraps and plastic trash? In Rana Begum’s solo exhibition in Mumbai, consisting of work developed in residencies in places such as the seaside town of St. Ives in Cornwall, UK, and the medieval Città della Pieve in the Umbrian hills of Italy, objects of this sort appeared like fantastic yet appropriate props for the rehearsal of an end.

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