The Birth of the Saint
UTOPIAN TONGUES / SEVENTH GALLERY / 29 AUGUST-29 SEPTEMBER 2018 / CURATED BY JAKE TREACY
“Manisha Anjali speaks in otherworldly hymns, crossing the threshold of mythological and indemnified experience. Her esoteric gestures open up doorways to hallucinatory visions, imbibing the secular with spiritual libations to nourish past traumas, both private and national. Here the social role of the poet operates as healer, where a tonal frequency of voice and bells call beyond the veil of what is seen – a conjurer between historic and future spaces. A small mandir operates as a private temple in a public space; the objects within this installation will rotate on an infrequent, undisclosed basis, demonstrating the active and arcane role the poet socially performs, bridging the everyday and the divine, the domestic and the sacred.” - Jake Treacy, curator.
performance, mandir, flowers, hair, coloured dust, bell and Seven Heads, acrylic on paper.
The following entries were produced after each visit to the installation where the poet adds and removes offerings in the mandir; an inquiry into the role of the poet in sacred spaces.