painting dis-ease 2012

The Strangest Sights of Man 1(video)

This video was shown at Gallery Espace, Video Wednesdays [ii] Festival, Nov. 2012, curated by Gayatri Sinha/Critical Collective and at Painting Dis-ease, a solo exhibition, Feb. 2012, by Shefalee Jain at the Faculty of Fine Arts gallery, M.S.U., Vadodara.

The video cites the fairy tale Snow White, early twentieth century freakshows and modern medical imagery to think about the imperatives of beauty and normalcy that modernity espouses. This understanding of beauty and normalcy lays priority on what the body is rather than on what it can do and as a result reducing the individual to a static two dimensional reflection rather than a dynamic entity capable of multiple becomings.