Now That The World is Ending, Let’s Get Together was conceptualized by artist Tasneem Lohani for The Wrong Biennale 2021/22, 5th edition. It was envisioned to be a space for young emerging artists to voice their myriad experiences through the Pandemic using their work. While at the same time support fellow artist practises in this trying time. Initiated via an open call, 8 young Bengaluru based artists, designers and dancers came together, to collaboratively curate and present their work as part of an Embassy exhibition for The Wrong Biennale.
The Wrong, founded by artist David Quiles Guilló, is a decentralized global art biennale and tv channel, open to participation, happening both online and offline. An Embassy, in the words of The Wrong Biennale, is a hybrid of a Digital and Physical Exhibition planned anytime from 1st November 2021 to 1st May 2022 i.e. the duration of the 5th edition of The Wrong Biennale’s International Online showcase.
Works in this exhibition ranged from new media installation, and net-based work to performance, sculpture and drawing. Contemporary dancers Rohee Uberoi, Priyanka Lokhande and Aswathy Chandran presented a deeply personal experience of anxiety and frustration during the pandemic through a collaborative performance. While Ojasvi Peshawaria and Mohit Mahato brought to light the politics of economy, gender and violence experienced during this time. Sneha Joshi and Tasneem Lohani talked about the technological shifts brought on by the almost sudden and forced transfer to digital communication in absence of physical connection. And artist and architect Aadit Basu implored us to think about the physicality of isolation in a digital and physical hybrid world post the Pandemic.
Each artist brought their own personal story and together through this exhibition hoped to create a safe physical space for expression and conversation through which to share collective yet isolated experiences of the pandemic induced lockdowns.
Exhibition Poster designed by Rhea Tamang
Install view of Pumping Desperation in the time of Pandemic, 2021, Drawing on petrol bills by Mohit Mahato
Install view of Pumping Desperation in the time of Pandemic, 2021, Drawing on petrol bills by Mohit Mahato during a live walkthrough of the exhibition by intern Sahana Srikanth at 1.Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery
Install view of Video-Performance, Suffocation, 2020, by Ojasvi Peshawaria
Install View of The Missing Link Project, 2021, Interactive website and installation by Sneha Joshi
Our Wrong Biennale exhibition was also selected by Arebyte Gallery, London to showcase our work via their unique pop-up exhibition, Arebyte Plugin. This took place online for one week during 19th to 26th November, 2021. It presented a new way to experience the exhibitions of the digital art biennale as a series of windows pop-up, via a browser plugin. Over the course of three months in 2021 and 2022, the plugin offered a progressive way for traversing the magnitude and unique breadth of content featured in the biennale. Each week, a curator from a Pavilion (online exhibition) or an Embassy (physical show) was selected by the wrong and arebyte to present their exhibition on the plugin. The weekly new exhibition is brought directly to the viewer’s screen, displayed as pop-up windows disseminated over the duration of a week, providing an artistic ‘stopping cue’ from relentless scrolling, email notifications and other computer-centered work.