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Bursary Showcase: Hetal Chudasama

A durational performance and installation

Image courtesy of the artist

Artsadmin Bursary artist Hetal Chudasama shares a durational performance and installation, entitled ‘Directing water into a dew point – Incremental Repetition.’ 

Know it

Any presence is no more familiar

Than our goddess of the jungle

Arms in arms they levitate

Stray bundles of blessings

You pick and choose

Sit – Sleep

Snore

Sneer

Spool that thread you just picked from the air

I’ll deliver just the tool

Come

Voice

The day sets and I’m old

Seek shorelines

Come as water

And bring a stone

Together we shall hang it.

Directing water into a dew point – incremental repetition is a long duration performance and an installation . Films, text, drawings merge with live-action to turn the space at Toynbee Studios into a cave where spells are broken. The performance is divided into 30 minute slots. Six members of the audience will be invited during each slot to experience/ participate in an intimate space together with the artist in order to create a collective imagining and thought making process. The visitors are encouraged to bring a stone or a pebble of any size they may feel fit to carry during their visit. Stone acts as a metaphor for a painful burden. There is no real scale to measure pain. Pain is immeasurable in all its forms. The pain of loss is the worst – loss of active body, loss of freedom, identity, and self. And yet we must scale it, lift it, lower it, lighten it. Deriving from a point of widespread despair, mental illness, disconnectedness and spiritual loss the artist will create a space for collective mourning and re-imagining of a stronger moral strength. This piece is an exercise to touch on a very individual sense of joy snatched out from loss. It enables the conditions for conceiving visions of our present and future collectively.

Artsadmin’s Artists’ Bursary Scheme has been running since 1998 and has supported over 200 artists working in contemporary performance practices. This year 5 artists, Elsabet Yonas, Hetal Chudasama, James Jordan Johnson, Krishna Istha, and Tammy Reynolds have developed their work and practice with the support of the Artist Support team since April 2020. This daytime event offers a glimpse into the practice of two of these artists, Hetal Chudasama and James Jordan Johnson.

The current Artists’ Bursary Scheme is made possible with support from Arts Council England, Live Art UK Diverse Actions programme and generous individual donations to Artsadmin. 

Hetal Chudasama is a visual artist working in a range of different media spanning from live-action, installation, text, and object making. Originally from India, she is currently based in the North of England. Chudasama’s work explores Intimacy and a shared sense of encounter with audiences. After finishing her formal Art education in painting at the Faculty of Fine arts M.S.U, India, she created solo and collaborative projects in India and Europe before settling in the UK. Her artistic process explores theatrical mechanisms of representation, performativity of language, magic and rituals in order to offer alternative views on realities and fiction. At the centre of her practice lies the exploration of performance as an ever-evolving field within social and visual life, providing a dynamic platform of engagement. Most of her works are explorations of the language of protest – be it an individual body or political and cultural rupture faced by vulnerable members of society.

“It’s been so inspiring working alongside these five artists over the last year. I’ve learned so much from their capacity to adapt, imagine and rest in unimaginable challenges of a pandemic. I see in all five of the Bursary artists an energy to take on an uncertain future and map a new landscape of artistry that leads from curiosity, criticality and hope.”

– Michael Norton

We’ve been working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible for artists, audiences, hirers, café customers, tenants and staff. Read the safety measures we have in place. 
Our safety measures remain unchanged since 19 July and we are committed to an inclusive reopening.

  • BSL on request.
  • Toynbee Studios is wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • The event takes places in the theatre. There is a wheelchair lift to access the stage, if required.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral in line with our Safer Spaces policy.
  • Please email access@artsadmin.co.uk if you have any further access requests.

Date and time

29 September 2021
11am–5pm
There are booking slots every 45 minutes from 11am-4.15pm

Booking

Free
Book online

Venue

Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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