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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2015.48.1
People
Atul Bhalla, Indian (New Delhi, India born 1964)
Title
Adrift (On Dvaipayana)
Classification
Audiovisual Works
Work Type
audiovisual work
Date
2014
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Delhi
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Three channel video projection
Dimensions
Dimensions vary with installation
Provenance
Atul Bhalla, created 2014, sold [through sepiaEYE, New York]; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs
Accession Year
2015
Object Number
2015.48.1
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In this video, which is meant to be projected at a height that engulfs the viewer’s field of vision, the warm colors and gently rippling surface of a river are broken by the prow of a wooden boat. It emerges from the right, as if out of the corner of the viewer’s eye, and drifts slowly to the left until it disappears from view. As the twilight deepens, the boat reappears two more times. Each time, a different object rests on its bow: a jerry can of liquid, a closed chest, a large bundle wrapped snugly in a blanket and rope. The camera rises to reveal the outlines of trees, buildings, and utility towers on the far bank of the river. The boat drifts back into view a fourth and final time, halting in front of the viewer. Night falls, and the boat is engulfed in brilliant white and yellow flames.

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