The Lightning Testimonies 2007


The Lightning Testimonies 2007

The Lightning Testimonies is a multi-channel video installation that reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. In this exploration, multiple submerged narratives are revealed, sometimes in people, images and memories, and at other times in objects from nature and everyday life that stand as silent but surviving witnesses. In all the narratives, the body becomes central – as a site for honour, hatred and humiliation and also for dignity and protest.

The Lightning Testimonies creates an experience that emerges from a constellation of eight synchronized choreographed projections with sound tracks that lead to disparate narratives that then converge into a single projection. As the stories unfold, women from different times and regions come forward. The multiple projections speak to them directly, in an effort to understand how such violence is resisted, remembered and recorded by individuals and communities. Submerged narratives appear, disappear and are then reborn in another vocabulary at another time. Using a range of visual vocabularies, The Lightning Testimonies hopes to transport us beyond the realm of suffering into a space of quiet contemplation, where resilience creates the potential for transformation.




Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, India


Assam State Museum, Guwahati, India

International Art Encounter of Medellín, Colombia


Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Kemper Museum, St Louis, USA

Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India


Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland


MAC-Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

Fondazione MAXXI, Rome, Italy

October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia

Sao Paulo Biennale, Brasil


Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA


Göteborg Biennial, Sweden

Astrup Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand

Serpentine Gallery, London, England

Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

TBA 21, Vienna, Austria

Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France


Documenta 12, Kassel,Germany


The Lightning Testimonies 2007

8 projection digital video installation
Synchronized, colour, black and white, sound,
32 minutes and 31 seconds, loop