Places My Chair Likes to Go

Places My Chair Likes to Go

Venue Across Panjim
Discipline Public Arts
Project by Salil Chaturvedi
Artists Salil Chaturvedi

Date 15 Dec | 16 Dec | 17 Dec | 18 Dec | 19 Dec | 20 Dec | 21 Dec | 22 Dec | 23 Dec
Time 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

What happens when a wheelchair begins desiring? And what if it develops topophilia? Places My Chair Likes to Go is a photographic work that imagines such an eventuality of a desiring machine. 
Embedded in a variety of natural surroundings, the wheelchair takes on the form of an experiencing entity and acquires the naturalness of its surroundings; over this series, it becomes something that is almost expected in a landscape. The work raises several questions and brings together strands from politics, ecology, desire and being, asking viewers to undertake the journey of a becoming-wheelchair. 

At a time when persons with disabilities are still largely missing from spaces—literary, social, political and cultural—these photographs visibilise this absence through the artifice of an empty wheelchair. Through a playful visual language, it seeks to make supple the notion of a wheelchair, taking it away from lifeless blue-and-white signages in public areas to a breathing, desiring persona, fond of the outdoors. It inverts the problematic and overused phrase ‘wheelchair-bound’ to a celebratory condition of an unbounded wheelchair. The ‘aesthetic nervousness’ that people often experience when confronted with disability is then paradoxically whittled away through a close encounter with a nomadic wheelchair. This wheelchair does not yearn for access as much as for you to experience the wheelchair-ness of things. To that end, a wheelchair and two ramps (one gentle and the other steep) are provided at the venue, inviting the audience to spend some time in a wheelchair and experience its mobility first-hand. Perhaps they will be infected by the desires of the chair?
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