Bubble In Progress: Do Not Disturb
Chinar Shah, Leslie Johnson & Smriti Mehra Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2018
Bubble, a globule of one substance in another, usually gas in a liquid; All bubbles pop A packaging material; All bubbles pop An anthropomorphic fish; All bubbles pop A type of non-volatile computer memory that uses a thin film of a magnetic material; All bubbles pop A chimpanzee; Pop bubbles An Act of the Parliament of Great Britain; All bubbles pop A 2005 improvised thriller; All bubbles pop An interpersonal space; All bubbles pop Whoops a delay in the pipeline; Do Not Disturb.
The works focus on reality through their artifice, home versus status. Opening a space for contemplation through ”speaking twice”: the works have points of departure and then another complexity in representation of the gap between what we know and what we do not know. We break into the fantasies of real estate to lay it bare in its own bizarre syntax.
We use strategies, décor and the language of real estate market to create this body of work. In this hyper capitalist world where home does not only mean shelter, but also alludes to abstract notions of social status and investments, we create these pieces from behind the screen of flashing lights.
This work is a result of collaboration between three different individuals living in three different countries and two separate continents. Our concerns align and our practices intersect as we reckon our distance through Skype calls and time zones.