UK / Duration 4m 5s / 2011
In a singular call to action The Invisibles employs and re-affirms Socialist anthem The Internationale for a contemporary audience. Vive la Révolution!
Music: The Internationale / Eugène Pottier (1871) & Pierre de Geyter (1888). Traditional translation with adaption by Billy Bragg (1990). Performed by Nisha Duggal, Drums by James Broomfield.
Duggal works in response to structures of power and control, processing everyday experience to explore expressions of freedom and creativity lived within it. Recurring themes include politics and culture, exploration into the meanings of freedom and art, the individual psyche and how people function in society.
‘Picnolepsy’ is a term Paul Virilio uses to describe the reduction of personal experience as a reaction to an excess of information – as if life has to pixelate into smaller, more manageable fragments. Theorists of human behaviour uncover patterns of mimicry and imitation and contend that they are hard-wired into our genes. Duggal is interested in exposing these internal twitches and tricks. Oscillating between documentary and construction she makes moving image portraits that compare different people, ideas, and things. In the studio she likes to think about the how’s and why’s behind her practice and tries to uncover something about her own motivations as an artist. By reframing elements from her vernacular she aims to highlight an insecurity at the very concept of individuality, and thus make the complicated simple.
Duggal’s films and drawings have exhibited internationally including installations at Watermans (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Ginza Art Lab (Tokyo), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Oriel Mostyn (Llandudno) and screenings at European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck), Rekalde (Bilbao), Cornerhouse (Manchester) and Iniva (London). She has been awarded commissions by Site Gallery (Sheffield) and Contemporary Art Forum (Kitchener, Ontario). Nisha studied at Derby and The Slade and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Moving Image Awards in 2008. She completed the Florence Trust residency in 2010 and has work in the Saatchi Collection. She lives and works in London.
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