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Vishal Jugdeo

Bio

Vishal Jugdeo (b. 1979 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) filmed Goods Carrier in Mumbai, India, collaborating with local actors. Jugdeo’s videos are typically animated by absurdist sets and props, which extend from the illusionistic space of the projected image into the real space of the installation, where they serve as a highly stylized index to the process of production. His brand of uncanny theatricality creates friction between the exteriority of the actors’ performances and the performativity of objects while remaining steeped in a perverse game of semiotics. The actors are given a script devoid of context and thrust into settings whose narrative associations are unspecified yet familiar, calling for an extemporaneous responsiveness, as opposed to a fixed, linear approach to character and story. Jugdeo has said, “I engage performativity as a way of unsettling the order of things, embracing the inherent unpredictability and potential volatility of live situations.” The slow, deliberate pacing of the scenes is mirrored by the movements of the motorized sculptural objects in the installation, whose choreography in relation to the video allows new and unexpected layers of meaning to emerge.

Gallery

Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal Jugdeo. Goods Carrier, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal Jugdeo. Surplus Room, 2008. Mixed-media installation with HD projection, color, sound; additional sound track within the installation. Installation dimensions variable. Video: 8:00 min. Installation view, LA><ART, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.

Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal Jugdeo. Stills from Goods Carrier, 2012. Mixed-media installation with HD video projection and multichannel sound track. Dimensions variable. Runtime not yet determined. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.

Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal Jugdeo. Stills from Goods Carrier, 2012. Mixed-media installation with HD video projection and multichannel sound track. Dimensions variable. Runtime not yet determined. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.

Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal Jugdeo. Stills from Goods Carrier, 2012. Mixed-media installation with HD video projection and multichannel sound track. Dimensions variable. Runtime not yet determined. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.

Vishal Jugdeo

Vishal Jugdeo. Stills from Goods Carrier, 2012. Mixed-media installation with HD video projection and multichannel sound track. Dimensions variable. Runtime not yet determined. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.