Nikhil Chopra: Coal on Cotton
|Starts:||5 Jul 2013|
|Ends:||7 Jul 2013|
|What is it:||Theatre/Performance|
|Who is it for:||General public|
Friday 5 July, from sunrise 4.49am – Sunday 7 July, until sunset 9.37pm*
The Indian artist Nikhil Chopra has been widely acclaimed for his performances that use a repertoire of characters to unravel the complexities of colonial India and Britain, along with his own history. For Coal on Cotton, Chopra will turn his focus to two materials that made Manchester supremely wealthy in the 19th century — and that continue to hold workers in modern slavery beyond Europe and North America.??Held over 65 continuous hours in the new Landscape Gallery at the Whitworth, which will open 24 hours a day for the show's duration, Coal on Cotton will span centuries and continents.
The show will ask its audience to witness and reflect on connections between the lives of our forebears and ourselves, and on the actions that drive power and possession. In a gallery space engulfed by cotton, Chopra's work will make connections between Mumbai and Manchester, cities sewn together through Britain’s imperial might.??
Nikhil Chopra was born in 1974 in Calcutta, studied art at Ohio State University and now lives in Goa. His work Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing VIII was part of Marina Abramovic Presents... at MIF09.??
This performance is part of Manchester International Festival
- All the Whitworth’s galleries will be open 24 hours a day for 65 hours and visitors can see Nikhil Chopra’s performance evolve over the weekend whilst enjoying a range of activities for early birds and night owls.
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