‘Gandhi’s Three Monkeys’ installed at Qatar cultural village

May 29, 2012
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A worker admires one of the three monkeys - QMA

Three new sculptures by Indian artist Subodh Gupta have been recently at Katara, the Cultural Village.

“Gandhi’s Three Monkeys”, 2008, made from bronze, steel, and old utensils refer to India’s hero of peace, Mahatma Ghandi. They are portrayed as three heads in military headgear.

Using worn brass domestic utensils, the forms of a soldier’s helmet, a terrorist’s hood and a gas mask reinforce Gupta’s dialectics of war and peace, public and private, global and local, themes that run throughout his work, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

The gears worn by the three men in the sculptures represent the historical meaning of Ghandi’s three monkeys, “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”

“We are very proud to have installed Subbodh Gupta’s Three Monkeys in Katara,” Mansoor Al Khater, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) Chief Executive Officer, said. “Subodh is a world renowned artist and this strong statement of peace couldn t be installed in a better location. It also illustrated QMA’s continued collaboration with Katara. We are grateful for their shared enthusiasm for the arts.”

Born in 1964 in Khagaul in the northern province of Bihar, India, Gupta completed a painting degree in Patna city before moving to New Delhi. Throughout his work, he uses objects related to Indian life including domestic Kitchenware and means of transport such as bicycles and scooters.

His experience of the stark contrasts between rural and urban experiences and cultural dislocations are themes that permeate his artistic practice. Other artworks by Gupta explore India s increasingly globalised vision of travel and the economic migrations of its workforce.

Other works by Gupta explore India’s increasingly globalised vision of travel and the economic migration of its workforce. Bulging packages – ghathris – are cast in bronze and presented on a rotating airport baggage carousel, as in his large-scale installation “Across Seven Seas”, 2004 or precariously balanced on the roof of a sinking Ambassador taxi as in “Everything Is Inside”, 2004, QMA said on its Facebook page.

The Cultural Village, Katara, situated on the eastern coast of Doha, is an integrated cultural landmark that possesses the character of a historic and inspirational breeding ground for arts and culture in Qatar.

The village is built on 1,000,000 square meters. Its interconnecting pathways and buildings resemble Al Fareej, the traditional Gulf alley.

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