The tradition of painted faces in Indian performance art and theater became another iconic way for us to visit spiritual beliefs shared in Indian culture. This image of the painted face began to grow on us, as a way for us as a collective group to physically connect to the land and build a collective portrait. During the process we grappled again with the image and its implications in both cultures. We found that our differences and identities could merge under the hands of our collaborator, Bangalore theatre designer and artist Ramakrishna Beltur.
Why do we travel toward water?
In this portrait of us, we wanted to explore water as an idea and metaphor—water is an important landscape element in our cultures—and as an element that both separates us and joins us as a global subject. We are interested in playing with the idea of flow, which we represent in our visual research archive (The River). In the this portrait, the image of water crosses our faces as a collective and represents, for us, the color of life (the red of blood) and the silvery blue of water, all merging in a single landscape across our skin.