Of Men and Supermen

Of Men and Supermen is about the nature of truth, the hidden and the apparent and the difference between the real and fictional. They are extracted from a larger body of archival site specific work based in Mazgaon and Wadibunder that is a cross section of a layered and multi- tiered space, which comprises an eclectic mix of temporary setups, chawls, shanties and tenements, amidst more permanent historic landmarks and its inhabitants.

Documenting the life and living conditions of specific loosely strung together communities of people forced me to revisit these sites on a daily basis, and resulted in these spaces becoming stages set for the performance of the everyday.

These stages enabled the idea of the fictional to percolate into the realm of the real, generating a new urban metascape and transforming people into the Superheroes of their own narratives.

These works engage with the duality of identity, overlapping the real and the fictional, forcing them to coexist and dissolving the barrier between the two.

Ali Akbar Mehta I India Art Festival 2012_Of Men and Supermen 01, Lenticular and vinyl on archival mount, 88 x 114 cm

Ali Akbar Mehta I India Art Festival 2012_Of Men and Supermen 02, Lenticular and vinyl on archival mount, 88 x 114 cm

Ali Akbar Mehta I India Art Festival 2012_Of Men and Supermen 03, Lenticular and vinyl on archival mount, 88 x 114 cm.gif

Ali Akbar Mehta I India Art Festival 2012_Of Men and Supermen 04, Lenticular and vinyl on archival mount, 57 x 92 cm

Ali Akbar Mehta I India Art Festival 2012_Of Men and Supermen 05, Lenticular and vinyl on archival mount, 57 x 92 cm.gif

Ali Akbar Mehta I India Art Festival 2012_Of Men and Supermen 06, Lenticular and vinyl on archival mount, 57 x 92 cm.gif

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