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Performance artist Nikhil Chopra's 50-hour solo show takes on colonialism

Published on Aug 12, 2014 12:00 PM
 
Performance artist Nikhil Chopra is unfazed about spending so much time in the performance venue. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

An audio recording at Singapore's National Archives was instrumental in helping Indian performance artist Nikhil Chopra develop his sprawling 50-hour piece.

Titled Give Me Your Blood And I Will Give You Freedom, it will see him blending elements of performance, live art, theatre, painting and drawing.

Extended durational performances are nothing new for the artist, who has performed at major arts festivals and museums as well as notable art biennales.

He is here as one of the headliners of the Singapore International Festival of Arts. His work, a festival commission, opens this Friday at 7pm and will end on Sunday at 9pm.

 
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Background story

“I want to dig deep into the past in the present in order to be able to understand how to deal with the future.”

Artist Nikhil Chopra


Book it

GIVE ME YOUR BLOOD AND I WILL GIVE YOU FREEDOM BY NIKHIL CHOPRA

Where: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road

When: Friday to Sunday, starts at 7pm on Friday and ends at 9pm on Sunday

Admission: $35 from Sistic (Call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

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