Tejal Shah – WAR

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I Love My India (still from video – 2003
video/DVD – 10 minutes

Tejal Shah

This video is set against a backdrop of genocide against the minority Indian Muslim community in the state of Gujarat (starting Feb. 2002).  It takes place one year after at a popular public recreational space, that of the balloon target shooting stall.

Using the opinion poll format to satirize the idea of a general understanding of social and political injustices, the artist subjects the practice of electoral democracy in India to critique, by employing the metaphor of random target practice.  The notion of play as a lucid intervention phrased in a political context permeates this work.