Possible Effects is an ongoing project of Manohar Chiluveru, which comprises a series of paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations, performance and discussion panels. According to the artist, this art project takes reference from history and everyday life in the age we are living in.
The first idea came to Chiluveru from a recent reflection upon the relationship between ignorance and wisdom, after he met the industrialist Mr. Akshay Munjal. When Mr. Munjal asked him “what is knowledge?” he started to think about the idea of ‘knowledge’ that he considers at the basis of any past and present civilizations all over the world.
Recently, the artist assisted to the creation of the 29th state of India, Telangana. The new State, which is located in the south of the Indian sub-continent, was born in July 2014 after a struggle lasted 60 years. Originally, the Telangana region was a part of the Nizam's princely state of Hyderabad. In 1948, central government of India put an end to the rule of the Nizams and created an independent state, but in 1956 this was merged with the Andhra Pradesh state. The Telangana people were against this decision especially because they feared job losses, on the base of the fact that education level and development in Andhra were higher than in Telangana region. Despite many other important reasons were claimed by the population in order to support the creation of an independent state, culture-knowledge-wisdom-education were all focal points of the battle.
These important facts strongly influenced Chiluveru’s work. Ignorance can be as destructive as a nuclear explosion. The artist has recently says. Ignorance can be noticed in simple daily aspects of life, in not getting a proper education, or maintaining good health or in not protecting environment and the effects of ignorance in these simple things could be huge.
Manohar Chiluveru’s practice ranges from painting to sculpture, site-specific installation, performance and video. Generally, his site-specific installations explore the relationship between individual identity, social relationships and global changes. Like primate cavemen lost on the edge of a transmuting world, the life-size figurative sculptures of Chiluveru remind us of the danger of living in a hyper-modernizing world. Nuclear risks, social inequality, illiteracy and ignorance, loss of social cohesion, are all issues which he explores in his project. Human history has received devastating lessons from the past. He also said. Invention of Nuclear weapons is an application of knowledge but the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a question of Wisdom.
Possible Effects is an attempt to rethink about ignorance’s consequences upon the human existence through time and space. According to the artist, since every human action is a Possible Effect, it is our choice as individuals to decide what kind of Effect we want to be. War takes place between humans, but there is a constant, silent war between Man and Earth. There are 196 countries in the world today, all attempting to “advance” as nation-states and with individual greed at it’s highest, the carbon footprint and destruction of natural resources is at an all-time high. What could be the potential long-term damage to the Earth and rest of the species on the earth? Imagine Earth as self, self as earth, how would we look at it and how would we treat it? - By Valentina Gioia Levy
VALENTINA GIOIA LEVY
Curator of Art Project 'POSSIBLE EFFECTS ' by Manohar Chiluveru, exhibiting at Venice as part of "Personal Structures - Crossing Borders" organized by Global Art Affairs Foundation
VALENTINA GIOIA LEVY is a historian of Asian art, a writer and a curator based in Rome. She is the coordinator of the Art Project Space in Villa Ada Festival in Rome and, a curatorial consultant for RH Contemporary (New York, US). In 2014, for the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome, she coordinated a special program that focused on Asian contemporary art. During the last years she worked with a number of museums, cultural institutions and art galleries such as the Pompidou Centre (Paris, France); MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Rome, Italy); The Japan Foundation; Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive (Civic Gallery of Modern Art of Spoleto, Italy); the National Museum of Oriental Art (Rome, Italy); Label201 Gallery (Rome, Italy); The Silent Barn (Brooklyn, New York, US); MOG, Museum of Goa (Goa, India); Kochi Muziris Biennale (Kerala, India)