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Shilpa Gupta

The work addresses the concerns of women in Kashmir whose husbands have disappeared and

cannot be declared dead by the state, leaving the wives to deal with an agonizing uncertainty.

Viewers are encouraged to discover the different layers of the installation step by step: one

has to make one’s way to the video projection by walking through a set of clothes hung from

clotheslines. The video depicts a woman dressed in white, carrying a flag made of the same

fabric. While her movements and gestures evoke military rigidity, her positioning against a sky-

blue backdrop disrupts any sense of a location for the work. The looped video seems to refer to a

feeling of paralysis in the face of authority, nation-building, and cross-border militancy.