Quasi for the opening of the "Indian Year" (Asian Pacific Weeks 2003) PRÜSS & OCHS GALLERY presents the 1979 born Bombay based artists Tejal Shah.
In the center of the presentation is the installation THE TOMB OF DEMOCRACY | „……paradise does not exist". Tejal Shah exposes with the genocide on muslims in the Indian region Gujarat and formulates the "Clash between the cultures" and the supression of minorities, always leaded under the plea of different refigiousness as an global problem.
In other, earlier works (videos and Photoseries) the artist is occupied with "inter-states" and "trans-situations" and their resulting suspenses. Topics are sexuality as well as urban images.
„As an artist, as an India artist, as an Indian artist living and practicing in this country, I am compelled not just to hold a mirror to the society but also to myself; for once you´ve seen certain things, you can´t un-see them, and seeing nothing is as political an act as seeing something. Fascism is indeed as much about people as about governments. It begins at home. In drawing rooms. In bedrooms. In beds.
If not, then years from now, when the rest of the world has shunned us (as it should), like the ordinary citizens of Hitler´s Germany, we too will learn to recognise revulsion in the gaze of our fellow human beings. We too will find ourselves unable to look our own children in the eye, for the shame of what we did and did not do. For the shame of what we allowed to happen.
This is me. This is us. In India." (Tejal Shah, March 2003)