The Parliament Building, where decisions that shape the nation are made, is also a space that is itself being altered today.

Flag (Warped) alludes to this state of transformation through the layering of the provisional scaffolding, which serves as a marker of the many architectural and structural changes taking place. Some changes are more concrete such as new constructions, while others rest in the potential for change presented by movements. 

Revolutions require the rupturing and subsequent mending of pre-existing systems. Taking the form of a torn flag, Singh’s new work responds to Léon Cogniet’s Scenes of July 1830, depicting the second French Revolution through three flags in various stages of transformation.

Akin to the Parliament building, Rashtrapati Bhavan is another monumental structure that is touted as a central pillar of our national identity. Defining the facade of its buildings are 227 Tuscan columns which flank the colonial construction that was originally built as the Viceroy’s House in 1912.

In Singh’s third flag, epitomized as a singular 227 inch fabric print, the column takes on a flaccidity, wrapping and constraining the now rigid flag that is halted in motion. The interdependence between the two also suggests a reliance on architecture to tether and uphold the weight of the systems in place, as is done by the two slight nails which anchor the metal flag to the building it is displayed within.

Excerpts from exhibition text by Vidisha Aggarwal.

In order of appearance:
Flag (Warped)2020metal and digital print on silk24 x 36 inches

Flag (Torn)2020metal24 x 36 inches

Flag (Wrapped)2020metal and digital print on cotton24 x 36 inch Flag, 20 x 227 inch Column
Exhibition History:Hungry for Time, An invitation to epistemic disobedience with Raqs Media Collective, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria 2021Maximum Minimum, Artissima via Nature Morte, Turin, Italy 2021Disruptive Confluences, Palazzo Madama – Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, curated by Myna Mukherjee and Davide Quadrio, Turin, Italy 2021Within Contradiction, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India 2021
Selected Press:Flag (Warped) by Ayesha Singh, Reader’s Digest, April 29Resilience and Reconnection, Ocula, April 15An Insight Into Ayesha Singh’s Artistic Practice Through Her Latest Show – Within Contradiction, Design Pataki, March 17Ayesha Singh uses Architectural Elements to Comment on Hierarchies of Power, Stir magazine, March 12