I See You See Me (Edition II)

India Habitat Centre's Indian Languages Festival, Samanvay 2015| A Partner Event Of The Delhi Photo Festival ’15 

November 26- 29, 2015

Curated by Kanika Anand

Artists:  Khvay Samnang, Melati Suryodarmo, Surekha, Waswo X. Waswo & Wilfred Lim


I See You See Me is parked at Samanvay, the Indian Languages Festival of the India Habitat Centre from November 26th- 29th under the theme of Insider/Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities, as a way to reclaim identity within a larger South Asian context.


Artists from India, Cambodia, Indonesia, USA and Malaysia present works that address issues of racial marginalization and identity politics. Each one employs their own bodies as the agency of their statements, ranging from gender biases to the dislocation of the self within its immediate environment. The exhibition highlights the play between the real and the imagined, punctuated in the characters each of us inhabits in conformance with social conventions. The deliberate selection of artists from South & South East Asia accents the theatre of growing nations and their economies, as seen from within and from without. In a world of instant messaging and high-speed communication, the language of these images resists systemic judgments and contrived codes of conduct, emphatically reclaiming a more honest identity.

About The Artists:

Melati Suryodarmo (ID) has trained under and performed for Marina Abramovich. She is currently an independent performance artist based between Berlin and Yogyakarta whose work comments on the relationships between the physical body and its environments. 

Waswo X Waswo (US) studied at The Milwaukee Center for Photography and has lived in India for over sixteen years. Based in Udaipur, he collaborates with a variety of local artists in the making of hand-painted photographs and miniatures that are often tongue in cheek comments on his vision of India as the ‘Evil Orientalist’.

Surekha (IN) graduated from Shanti Niketan and is currently based in Bangalore. Her work uses photography to archive performance and masquerade. The mundane becomes magical and mythical. The simple play between reality and fiction becomes a poetic evocation of endurance and strength. 

Wilfred Lim (MY) graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He draws from his racial background and his memories of growing up in a small fishing village In Malaysia that has since been cleared to make way for an oil refinery. His surreal compositions are ironic comments on the state funded ecological degradation that is rampant in most parts of China and Southern Malaysia.

Khvay Samnang’s (KH) multidisciplinary practice spans performance, photography, video, installation and sculpture. Prompted by instinct and hearsay, direct experience and media sources, Khvay follows stories he believes require intervention. With symbolic and intentionally futile gestures, he offers new interpretations of history and contentious current affairs that resist the polarizing language known to media and legal reports.