The Indian artist Himali Singh Soin presents The Third Pole with TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary) at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.
The exhibition features two bodies of work by the Indian artist: We are opposite like that (2017-in process) and As Grand As What (2018-2021). Joining them together, she tries to immerse the visitor in a practically mythological adventure, in such a way that once in the room the visitor can see him/herself surrounded by different temporalities and realities. Singh Soin manifests in her work the prejudices that fill a colonial past and shows her longing for heterotopic futures, the harmony of which can only be achieved through love.
Singh Soin manifests in her work the prejudices that fill a colonial past and shows her longing for heterotopic futures, the harmony of which can only be achieved through love.
During her research trip to uninhabited areas of the Arctic and Antarctic circles, she gathered the material with which she now exhibits We are opposite like that, an interdisciplinary series that includes video, performance, textile, poetry, and music. Thus, Singh Soin narrates the history of the poles, not from the human voice but from the archive, witness of geological time: the ice, a melting fossil... leading us to rethink different modalities of the human approach to the world: the importance of an error, post-colonial prejudices, the climate crisis, and the interrelationship between the natural and the hidden.
The second series As Grand as What, deals with the origin of the very name Himali and the Himalayan mountain range (the third pole of the world). Here the artist finds a meeting point between the voices of the female divinities and the elements, which ask to cross the borders with their spirituality. Singh Soin proposes five rituals performed by earthly spirits with the tools of rhythm and the poetry of love, understood as the energy centers of a post-catastrophe world.
In As Grand as What the artist finds a meeting point between the voices of the female divinities and the elements, which ask to cross the borders with their spirituality.
On both its opening and closing day, January 29, 2023, the exhibition features two sets of performances by Himali Singh Soin herself and David Soin Tappeser, a jazz drummer, composer and performance artist whose work revolves around experimentation and improvisation.