“Take on body dirt, body as work of art, art as body of work, Navjot ‘s video of a tattoo made on her skin and projected on a urinal references the convoluted circuits of cultural meanings.
- The artist first had herself tattooed in Bastar where she works with artist- colleagues of tribal background. Their elegant geometric designs, based on dot arrays, reminded her of the Duchamp urinal’s outflow pattern; so she had herself tattooed again, using it as a motif. Curiously, this is identical with the female half of the yantra symbolizing the union of the opposites, Duchamp may have been museumised, but his potent gesture of ascribing the status of art to ordinary objects remains significant.
While Duchamp challenged connoisseurial taste, Navjot’s urinal, with its Karmic connection to the avant-garde, challenges ritual taboos of purity”.
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