Red in Tooth & Claw
Context - un-tochability and segregation of domestic spaces.
The title “Red in Tooth and Claw” quotes an infamous line from Tennyson’s poem "In Memoriam". It evokes the ultimate need of an animal, a savage call, devoid of moral or cultural obligations other than survival instincts. Humans of course, cannot be called savages, at least not all of them. The Civilized society has mapped out an intricate web of mental and physical spaces, dividing strong from the week, and once the divisions are established, putting all its resources to keep the status quo intact.
I received a small number of visitors at my studio home. I prepared various vegetarian dishes using beetroot as the main substance in each dishes. The red coloration alter the appearance of otherwise familiar dishes. At the start of the performance, i created a division between the member of the audience. I directed one group to climb up to an inbuilt stone storage shelf situated high on one of the walls of the room. I soon joined this group on the shelf and from then on I left the audience to decide the course of the performance.