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Indranil Choudhury,
Tara Kesavan:
LAB MFA: Current Occurrences

Opening Reception

Locust Projects presents Current Occurrences the eighth edition of the LAB MFA summer exhibition program featuring Tara Kesavan and Indranil Choudhury, MFA candidates at Hunter College, The City University of New York. The exhibition opens to the public with a preview and reception on Saturday, July 23 from 6-8pm, and is on view through August 13 from 11am-5pm. Admission is free. 

During their month-long residence, Tara Kesavan and Indranil Choudhury will alter domestic objects to create portals into speculative, non-human worlds. In this environment, a mug rack studded with speaker cones becomes a transmitter of weather frequencies from an unseeable place. A door becomes a screen projecting microscopic and telescopic visions of imagined terrains, inhabited by non-human life. In the center of this world, a luminous cloud-like mass of sheer fabric rotates gently, animated by trails of light that move in harmony with the sonic vibrations in the room.

Current Occurrences aims to disconnect mindsets habituated through legacies of colonialism accustomed to exhaustively understanding the world and instead provides an alternative view that leans on sensory intuition. Asking the spectators, how can human beings grasp the reality of being embedded in a vast network of non-human lives?

Together their practice fuses contemporary material culture with pre-modern artistic sensibilities such as folklore from their homeland India like the Manasakavya— that depicts a vision of domestic life where non-humans actors frequently affect the course of human lives. Kesavan and Choudhury interrogates the role of aesthetic experiences during a time marked by events like the pandemic, escalating political crises and climate change.

"We feel an intensifying fragmentation of experience through the passivity of contemporary networked culture. Our work has evolved from nonfiction filmmaking to sculptural audiovisual installations. This shift comes from a need to deeply engage the viewer sensorially and encourage active exploration. Our work comprises found elements like discarded furniture and curios that we transform into alternate screens and speakers. These chance discoveries act as anchors to everyday life which we make otherworldly through projected animations and spatial sound.  We are inspired by a wide range of cultural production in India, from mythic literature, nation building documentaries, and bazaar culture. By drawing from artistic legacies that are not part of the popular imagination today, we hope to find insights from the past that could possibly inform our future." - Tara Kasevan & Indranil Choudhury

The exhibition will open with a public reception on Saturday July 23, 2022 in conjunction with the opening of the summer co-hort of Locust Art Builders, an art immersive for up to 25 Miami-based teens that takes place in the Main Gallery simultaneous with LAB MFA.


Tara Aliya Kesavan is a media artist working across installation, animation and drawing. She works as the Programs and Communications Coordinator at UnionDocs. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Kesevan holds a BA in Philosophy from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, an MA in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and is currently a candidate for an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, CUNY. 

Indranil Choudhury is a media artist working in sound, sculpture and video. He works as an Adjunct Professor in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College and at the Communications Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College. Choudhury holds a BA Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi University and is a candidate for an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, CUNY. 

Together their recent exhibitions include: 2021 Jamaica Flux, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, NY; 2020 IART, Hunter College, NY; 2019 M+ Museum of Visual Culture, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Commissioned work includes: 2022 Queens Public Library Podcast, Producers; 2021 The Coding Space, STEAM & Creative Coding Curriculum Developers. 

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