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Once I thought I could go quiety as a star
  • Neha Choksi
    born 1973
    active: India, United States
  • Once I thought I could go quiety as a star, 2011
  • Where object was made: Mumbai, India
  • burnt archival digital print, gold leaf
  • Object Height/Width: 25 x 34 cm
    Object Height/Width: 9 13/16 x 13 3/8 in
  • Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai, India
  • Not on display
  • EL2016.024
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
The sun is a body.
The sun is always photographed from the Hindu crematorium on the southern tip of Bombay, where we learn the body is perishable.
The sun is my metronome.
The sun is your body.
The sun is perishable.
—Neha Choksi
These photographs explore time through the movement and natural power of the sun—an eternal marker of existence. Each photograph was burned with magnified solar rays and represents how a photograph of the sun—captured in an instant—clashes with the reality of the massive celestial body. Choksi says these works have a “palpable tension between the duration of the sunset and the duration of the burn.”