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Incidents of the Paradoxical Gaze

008 / 26 February 2015

Conceived as a series of vignettes to be viewed in succession, Incidents of the Paradoxical Gaze comprises of short films, MMS footage, and collages presented on Snapchat. Focusing on the micro and the macro, the personal and collective, the works touch upon ideas of authenticity, censorship and the distribution of culture. The project proposes a re/mapping of 'imagined geographies', and considers afresh the contemporary narratives that exist between the Global South, the Middle East, and beyond through these amalgamated narratives.





Global, 2013.

HD video, 4 mins 50 secs.



Copyright © 2014, 2014.

MMS footage, 10 mins 16 secs.



Italy, 2013.

MMS footage, 8 mins 35 secs.



Korlai, 2014.

HD video, 2 mins 32 secs.



Middle East and Indian Artist, 2014.

Snapchat sequence, 2 mins 50 secs.



Wan Chai. 2013.

Found footage, 8 mins 38 secs.



Silent Text, 2012.

HD video documentation of installation, 2 mins 43 secs.


All works courtesy of the artist and Clark House Initiative.


About the author

Yogesh Barve & Clark House Initiative

Yogesh Barve (b.1989) is an Indian artist based in Mumbai, India. Barve's artistic practice encompasses sculpture, film, multimedia installations and site-specific works. A common thread throughout his work is a critique of our cultural fragmented thinking. Barve uses the idea of the slash in the form of un/learning, de/constructing and non/conformism, and as a means of thinking and working. Using a range of materials, including found objects, digital technologies, such as his mobile phone camera, and search and game engines, Barve's work examines social and cultural experiences of in/equality, ir/rationality, the un/invited, and the in/outsider. Barve is a member of Clark House Initiative.


Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and artists' union concerned with ideas of freedom, established in 2013 by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma in Bombay. Strategies of equality have informed their work, while experiments in recalling histories, and concerns of representations and visibility, are ways to imagine alternative economies and freedom.