Don’t Look At The Finger
Hetain Patel’s upcoming exhibition at Chatterjee & Lal comprises two video works never before seen in India – The Jump (2015) and Don’t Look at the Finger* (2017). These works, both fiercely dramatic, emphasise the artist’s obsessive fascination with Hollywood superheroes and staging archetypal action scenes. Patel formulates tensions in his fictionalized worlds through a simultaneous appropriation and rejection of stereotypes, employing dramatized physical movement, thrilling costumes and sensational soundtracks to comment on real world issues such as gender, race and identity.
Since 2004, Patel’s video, photography and live works have been shown internationally within institutions such as the Royal Opera House, London; Frieze Art Fair, London; The Tanks at Tate Modern, London; Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane; Sydney Festival; the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Manchester Art Gallery; and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai. He has completed four substantial residencies including 501 Artspace, Chongqing, and Southbank Centre, London.
*A major new commission by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD. Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project