Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist based in New Delhi, India. His work engages the eco-politics of water through a multifaceted practice that includes photography, text, and performance, in which he invites the audience to explore the relationship between their own urban and metropolitan spaces and water resources. He is interested in making subliminal histories visible, building narrative through performance, and exposing associative meanings in sites of everyday living, often using his own body as a vessel in these explorations. His work ‘Yamuna Walk’ was part of the traveling exhibition “Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff: 40 Years of Art Walking” at Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK. He participated in “Yamuna – Elbe – Public.Art.Outreach,” part of “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities.” He has published two books on his performance works, Yamuna Walk (University of Washington Press) and What will be my Defeat (GFLK Galerie für Lanschaftskunst Hamburg).
Artwork: Atul Bhalla, The Excavated Distance, 2019. Archival Pigment Print. Courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi.