About The Work
N..S. Harsha’s eclectic practice highlights the common, unifying strands in everyday routine activities that embody perceived societal differences and embedded power dynamics. In this particular bronze sculpture, In the Chain of Consumption, he was inspired by the Taittiriya Upanishad verse:
|| aham annam aham annam aham annam aham annãdah aham annãdah aham annãdah aham || (lit.)|| I am food! I am food! I am food! I am the eater of food! I am the eater! I am the eater!||
A textured platform showcases a connected series of heads joined in the common activity of eating. The heads are modeled from a wide variety of humanoid and animalistic forms, from multiple cultures and connotations. In this continuous symbiotic cycle of consumption, those consuming are also the ones consumed.
Born in 1969, NS Harsha was a recipient of the prestigious DAAD Scholarship in 2012, and was awarded the Artes Mundi Prize in 2008. A major survey of his work took place at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, in 2017. He has also featured in solo exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art (2015–16); DAAD, as part of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (2012–13); INIVA, London (2009); and at the Maison Hermes Tokyo (2008). His noteworthy group exhibitions include the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2014); the Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (2013); the Dojima Biennial, Osaka (2013); the Adelaide International Biennial (2012); the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); the Yokohama Triennial (2011); and the Bienal de Sao Paulo (2010), among others. He also held solo exhibitions at the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA), London, in 2009, and Ginza Maison Hermès Le Forum, Tokyo, in 2008. He was also a participant in the major international touring exhibition “Indian Highway” at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 2008 (followed by five major museums all over the world through 2012), and “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art” at the Mori Art Museum in 2008 (touring to Seoul and Vienna in 2009).
The artist lives and works in Mysore, India.
Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) has been promoting modern and contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives and publications since 1987. VAG has a long-standing association with the first modernists of Indian art, namely MF Husain, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta, and other senior artists like Arpita Singh, Rameshwar Broota, and Bhupen Khakkar. VAG’s artists roster includes mid-career artists such as Atul and Anju Dodiya, NS Harsha, Riyas Komu, Nalini Malani and Shilpa Gupta, as well as a select group of emerging practitioners. In 2007 the gallery expanded its exhibitions programme to include important exhibitions of international contemporary artists. VAG actively collaborates with prominent institutions like the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and the private Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). VAG has also collaborated with and supported exhibitions in international museums such as the Serpentine Gallery and Guggenheim Museum, among others.