Return of a Shaman | Harpreet Singh 2015 | Site-specific Performance
Photo credit - Sahdev Sandeep
Ever since Singh has shifted base to Badi sher, Morni Hills around two years ago, artist has gauged and observed magico-religious practices of the area and how the local people are still dependent on Shamanic practices. In the performance, Singh tried to serve as a pseudo sacred intermediary between the local people and spirit world for the betterment of Badisher area of Morni Hills. His practice aims at the performative interrogation of physical action, also the work has been focused on food as a symbol of heritage through the performance with leftovers from the collective lunch taken by the artists/writers just before the performance. Materials used during the site-specific performance being painted branches from the trees , straw, coloured strings and painted twigs. His ideologies and practices incorporate influences as varied as Modernism and Eastern spiritual beliefs and his current output uniquely blends Eastern and Western techniques and influences.