Line Of Control – Subodh Gupta’s work so visually powerful it gives you goose bumps.

Indian girls look at an installation titled "Line of Control" by Indian artist Subodh Gupta in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 20, 2012. The installation made of steel utensils is in the shape of a giant mushroom cloud referring to the dust-cloud of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while also literally alluding to the contested India-Pakistan border, according to a press release.

India’s first philanthropic museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi unveiled the recent addition to its collection, the monumental sculptural installation “Line of Control” by nationally and internationally acclaimed contemporary Indian artist Subodh Gupta.

Visually, the giant mushroom cloud composed of steel utensils refers to the horrendous dust cloud after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while also literally alluding to the contested Indo-Pak border. The gigantic installation is made of stainless steel utensils, converting a blasé media stereotype into a poetic metaphor.

The phrase, Line of Control, invariably used to denote contested borders between disputed territories world over from Kashmir to Bosnia is shorn of its limiting and limited geopolitical rhetoric to describe the invisible-yet-concrete time-space existing between want and aspiration; between dreams and reality; between realization and faith; between night and nightmare.

Putting the work in perspective, Charles Darwent of the UK Independent pointed out when the work was shown at Tate’s Altermodern:

“Globalization hasn’t just swept away cultural differences; it has also made us to think of history differently. Just the way geographical boundaries do not any longer count so also historical ones. In fact, history, today, is an amorphous thing. Postmodernism, by playing around with bits of past history, made itself part of that (history). Whether or not this holds true is for you to ponder. Subodh Gupta’s giant mushroom cloud of pans and pots, is worth the trip alone.”

Richard Dorment of the UK Telegraph termed Subodh Gupta the star of this show. The reviewer mentioned:

“His ‘Line of Control’ fills a rotunda from floor to ceiling in the Duveen Galleries with a mushroom cloud-shaped column of stainless steel pots, pans and kitchen utensils in a work so visually powerful it gives you goose bumps. By making his atomic blast out of harmless implements virtually every person both in India and Pakistan uses in everyday life, the artist subverts (and therefore neutralizes) the meaning of the mushroom shape – a sign for death as universally understood as the skull and crossbones.” 

SESA GOA, changing lives.. rich forest buried under 100 mt. mining dump !!!



International acclaimed environmentalist Dr. Claude Alvares, recently visited a alleged ‘illegal’ mine operated by SESA GOA and was irritated by the  100 meter hill erected by the mining dump (which also is illegal says, Alvares.) by burying a rich biodiversity forest.

Claude writes on his facebook page:

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Went to the Sonshi mine of Cosme Costa. This is Pissurlem village, north east Goa. The mine is illegally operated by Sesa Goa (anything new?). Went with Pollution Board officials. Sesa Goa has created a mammoth mining dump that is nearly 100 metres high and 2 kms long! All illegal, no permissions. PCB clearance is for 30 mts height, so this is a clear violation.

There is a High Court order of 2003 forbidding any more dumps in the area, next to the Advoi river. HC order flushed down the toilet. I asked the manager about the illegal height of the dump. He says Sesa is not the only one, others are also doing this.

I am accosted by truck owners brought to the site by Sesa (they do this all the time whenever I visit a mine. This f!@#$%g  ISI 1400 or ISO 420 company cannot face me or any protester without putting in a dozen truck drivers between its managers and us). However I tell the truckowners I am one of their supporters, since they have done no illegal mining.

If Shah Commission finds these mines doing illegal mining, the trucks should demand their installments from the mining companies. I am willing to file a petition on this. They all admit Pissurlem and Vaghuriem are going the lunar way in a year or two. The illegal dump has been erected by burying a nice forest. I take enough pictures. Now what do I do? Parrikar is in charge. I wrote to him a month ago about this dump. No change. The mine continues dumping. (They stop one hour before we arrive on the scene.) Rage against the machine.