Tejal Shah – The Incidental Self
“One instead of two...
Consider whether this is what you desire, whether it would satisfy you to obtain
-excerpt from There is a spider living between us, single channel video, colour &
b/w with sound, 6:45 min, 2009
In her work, the Indian artist Tejal Shah deals with questions arising out of the
strictly guarded gender duality. Many of her works - performances, videos, installations,
drawings - explore the coincidental nature of gender and body, the social and cultural
determinations of sexuality, as well as the subsequent marginalizations and the milieus
of the rebellious outcasts.
The artist’s intimate approach is at the same time personal and universal, often
articulating - though always with irony, humour and criticality - the human desire
to become whole by reuniting with one’s original half.
Tejal Shah (born 1979 in Bhilai, India) lives and works in Bombay. Her works have
been exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris; MAXXI, Rome; Serpentine Gallery, London
and at the Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012.
The film focuses on her works presented at the solo exhibition The Incidental Self
at Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, 2011 and a lively and fascinating conversation
with Hans Ulrich Obrist, in which Tejal Shah talks about her art, her background
and the contemporary Indian art scene.
English / 41:30 minutes / 16:9 PAL / PCM Stereo
Wolfgang Lanzenberger / Jacqueline Kaess-Farquet
Assistant Director / sound recording:
© Independent Artfilms JKF 2012
© For the artworks: Tejal Shah www.tejalshah.in