Prajakta Potnis

Porous Walls



For a while now I have been working on a series of photographs where the frozen still image is essentially a residue of an extensive process of meticulous constructions. An apparatus that consists of found to sculpted objects, along with props that are carefully constructed and installed within the cavities of everyday domestic appliances, miniature lights strategically placed to finally capture the still frame that translates as a documentary evidence of an event or a happening.

The momentary nature of this installation creates the possibilities of working with various perishable and unpredictable materials.

Through these photographic works my endeavor was to capture the transient staged moment of becoming.

Insulated interiors of a washing machine, sterile viscera’s of a refrigerator have intrigued me. The temperature-controlled environment within a refrigerator with its ethereal light resonates an abandoned set of a sci-fi film.

In the ongoing series  “when the wind blows”, 2016, installations are staged in the freezer of an outdated refrigerator that deposits thick layers of ice in its compartment- a phenomena less visible in the modern frost-free refrigerators.

The frost from the freezer simulates snow clad deserted landscape or a terrain of an unknown planet. Timothy Morton’s, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, initiated the site. With the melting of glaciers to the seed vault in Norway, the freezer seemed like an appropriate space to reiterate the dialogue around climate change through the realm of the domestic – the private.

I intend to explore the possibilities of shooting within the environment of the freezer, building complex settings that translate into psychological topographies. Since the space is extremely unpliable, I intend to build freezers that will be more accessible, this will enable me to move more freely while I look for different vantage points to shoot the mise-en-scène. Since site and scale are crucial aspects to my process, I build most of my equipment from a makeshift dolly to making my own lighting circuit; everything is tailored as per the requirement of the moment.                                                                                                                

Prajakta Potnis is a visual artist based in Mumbai. She has been part of several national and international exhibitions, residencies and publications.

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