Installation of Bul Bul Ka Bacha: A Rhyme at The Carnegie, Covington, KY
First time this New Yorker stepped foot in Kentucky. Quaint area at the edge of Cincinnati, OH.
I encourage you to visit too at the OPENING : Friday, December 1, 2017
This piece is made by using a hand-cut vinyl stencil to trace and repeat the text of an Urdu lullaby titled “Bul Bul ka Bacha,” which translates to “Nightingale’s Child.” The owner of the bird, gendered as a young male, narrates the lullaby. He cares for the bird until he sends the bird away. The bird never returns. In this work, the stencil becomes a tool to re-learn this lullaby as an adult and then trace and repeat the gendered verbs.
The text was repeated in English and Urdu, upside down, sideways, backwards, horizontal and vertical. I layered, scraped, erased, and covered the text.
This grid installation echoes the restrictive tools I use: the primer, the stencil, the traditional art material, the grid and how I break these forms by erasing, smearing, fracturing so the text is now illegible but still evokes a sense of fleet and escape.