3 March 2022–22 March 2022

A Slightly Curving Place


Open in Concrete until Tuesday 22 March

Starts 3 March 2022

Ends 22 March 2022

Venue Concrete


Opening hours:

Sunday - Tuesday | 10.00-19.00

Wednesday - Saturday | 10.00-22.00

This exhibition responds to the practice of self-taught acoustic archaeologist Umashankar Manthravadi and proposes possibilities for listening to the past and its absence which remains. Centred around an audio play and a video installation, it brings together writers, choreographers, composers, actors, dancers, musicians, field recordists, and sound, light, and graphic designers who engage and transform not just each other’s work, but also that of many others. Elements from Umashankar’s biography serve as a compass amid the material in vitrines, as a dancing body positions the endlessness of time in relation to a series of ruptures that is history.

The exhibition draws its title from Jain cosmology. Isipabbharabhumi is a Prakrit phrase referring to a special place above the heavens shaped like a parasol. It is where the disembodied souls of the perfected ones go to live in eternal isolation. There, sealed off from the rest of the cosmos, they are unable to interact with other souls, unable to hear them or be heard.

The exhibition is realised in collaboration with and with contributions by Umashankar Manthravadi, Bani Abidi, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mojisola Adebayo, vinit agarwal, Athira, Anurima Banerji, Lilia Di Bella, Moushumi Bhowmik, Madhuri Chattopadyay, Padmini Chettur, Arunima Chowdhury, Hugo Esquinca, Jenifer Evans, Tyler Friedman, Eunice Fong, Janardan Ghosh, Brooke Holmes, Alexander Keefe, Arun Mahadevan, Sukanta Majumdar, Robert Millis, Farah Mulla, Sachin Patil, RENU, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Sara, Kaustavi Sarkar, Yashas Shetty, The Travelling Archive, Umashankar and the Earchaeologists, Upendra Vaddadi, Maarten Visser, Todd Vos and others.

Learn more about the public programme Coming to Know here

Presented by Alserkal Arts Foundation

Curated by Nida Ghouse

With co-production support from Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The project was previously commissioned and presented by Haus der Kulturen der Welt

With thanks to Sharjah Art Foundation for their support