Vedika Rampal, ‘Forms of a Fermenting Fantasy,’ 2023. Copper prints, 80 x 160 x 360cm. Image courtesy: Christopher Mulia.

This installation renders the artist’s post-colonial encounter with the pre-colonial paintings found in the Ajanta Caves, (2-6th BCE, Maharashtra, India). It proposes a collapse of linear temporality, rendering instead a simultaneity of excavations, the original, the colonial and the contemporary. To excavate, afterall, means not only to unearth in the archeological sense but also ‘to make’ and ‘to form into’ through hollowing. G.W.F Hegel once denounced all Indian art as the ‘forms of a fermenting fantasy,’ — the work echoes his words back to him.

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