Gaming at the museum
Thukral & Tagra’s show at Bhau Daji Lad is both playful and deep
Ganjifa is played with 120 cards that are arranged to look like a board game. The board represents the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu and the player moves forward or ‘evolves’ as he makes his way up various forms from fish to mammal to human to god. Thukral & Tagra used the cards as inspiration for a series of 120 paintings on brass plaques.
When artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra were invited to go through the archives at Bhau Daji Lad to pick something to be inspired by, they chose the museum’s collection of traditional games. Timeworn board games, card games and contact sports, like wrestling, informed the premise of a series of paintings, sculptures, live installations and a short film, Q Scene 4. Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Games People Play has reimagined the solemn space of one of Mumbai’s most interesting museums as a gaming zone.
Click through to see works from Games People Play, which will be at the Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum till 28 July 2015.
Created from marble dust and resin and representing the ancient human yearning for flight, these giant wings would also make a great photo-op.
The atrium will be transformed into a performing arts venue. In a glass showcase, actors will read newspapers, play musical chairs, jump on a trampoline, wrestle or just sit there, texting.