Udita Upadhyaya_An Inventory_3

The photograph shows an interior white wall of a gallery space, on which three large pieces of canvas hang unframed and immediately adjacent to each other. Three people stand with their backs to the camera, looking at the canvases. On and across the canvases are words and phrases (written in black) that are oriented in various directions, curve, intersect, and more.

Udita Upadhyaya, “An Inventory: Remnants from a constellation of lived performances,” printed canvas, 2016, installed at Sullivan Galleries. ​The following instructions accompany the installation of the work: “The Artist invites 3 audience members to activate the work. The three performers stand in front of one panel each. They respond to the work by reading out loud. They may move if they so desire. The performers are not restricted to responding to the panel they place themselves in front of. The three must perform simultaneously, they may interact with each other. The activation ends after each of the 3 performers has finished responding. In case less than 3 performers volunteer the performance cannot occur. If more than 3 volunteer, multiple rounds of activation are welcome, but each activation must include 3 performers.” A version of the work has published for the Present Tense Pamphlets, in conjunction with the exhibition, “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s,” organized by the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, in partnership with the Northwestern University Libraries (January 16-July 16, 2017). Image courtesy of the artist.