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The Pet Shop Boy

Dated: 17-07-2008
Source: Mumbai Mirror



What is Chintan Upadhaya newest show about ?
- Well, I use narratives through different shows. For instance, I created Tetva Daba Do with the 'child' motif last year to comment on female infanticide. This one is about the many possibilities with microbiology and genetic engineering. How we are today capable of choosing the sort of baby we want, the future we want. Thus these specimens in cages.

So there is a link between your past shows and this one ? The baby motif one has been seeing for a while now. 
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 Yes, as I mentioned before, the baby motif is used to say different things as different points in time. For instance, I did a show in Paris this summer called New Indians. Iused similar motifs to talk about how India is a disire-oriented society, getting increasingly confident, brasher with new money and economic clout. I like to stretch my narratives into two-three years.

Speaking of economics, critics accuse you of crass commercialism, that repeating the same motif over and over could well be a sign of intellectual bankruptcy.
- That's their own commercialism talking, their own bankruptcy. It's so cliche to assume that an artist should move onto a 'new motif' with each show. If they are bored, that is not my problem. By suggesting that they're bored, our critics are sounding like fast food consumers themselves. They've sated themselves with an item, and are looking for the next best thing.They are not settling down with the understanding that an artist at times can meditate on a single strain of thought (or motif), and express it in many ways to say many different things.

So what is the point that Pet Shop is making ? What are your babies in cage telling us ?
- Well, it's about how subject  and product have become one. It's about an era where the buyer is the seller. How in programming our societies, we are caging ourselves in more ways than one.

What's your next show ?
- My next show is India, India,India. Today, India is a brand, like how China was a brand at the peak of its boom. And like much of my working style, it is connected with a show I've done in the past called Made in China. I like linking my new work with my past 

 


 

 

 

 



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