Embodied Temporalities  

The Mirage,

Avril Stormy Unger

Mirage is a performance intervention at an upmarket mall in Bangalore, India highlighting structural inequalities that often undergird a community's access to basic necessities such as healthcare and clean water. Mirage explores this issue using the allegory of the globally exoticized Rajasthani woman, conjuring up images of sparsity and the desert.

Situated outside Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Khuri is too often frequented by the eager foreigner for its vast sand dunes and folk communities. Mirage is rooted in the realities faced by the indigenous tribes of Khuri, who see outsiders enjoy the luxuries of electricity and clean water while they have to traverse the Thar desert for their own basic needs.

Artist:  Avril Stormy Unger
Title: The Mirage,
Year: 2021
Material / technology / format: Video 
Length: 25: 27 min

Mirage is a performance intervention in an upscale shopping mall in Bangalore, India. Mirage reveals structural inequalities that often make it difficult or even prevent a community's access to basic needs such as health care or clean water. Mirage explores this theme through the allegory of the globally exotic Rajasthani woman who conjures up images of barreness and of the desert.

The village of Khuri, located outside of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, is all too often visited by foreigners who want to experience the huge sand dunes and the local communities perceived as exotic. Mirage is rooted in the reality of the Khuri residents, who see outsiders enjoying the luxury of electricity and clean water at all times while traversing the Thar Desert for their own basic needs. 

Credits

Avril Stormy Unger - curator and artist, India
Sonal Giani - producer, India
Prashansa Gurung - cinematographer, India
Nabi A. - editor, New York
Strike - sound, India

As part of Oyoun's first curatorial focus - curators, artists and cultural workers - EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES - dealt with identities, belonging and embodied memories from diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives. A research, archiving, exhibition and performance project that involves over 70 people. The results, encounters and questions that arose from the projects will be discussed during the EMBODIED ARTS FESTIVAL presented and celebrated.