Harminder Judge’s film installation Bilocation was commissioned by contemporary art curators Meadow Arts, who invited him to make a new artwork for the National Trust (NT) property, Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. The film is part of Shakti, a contemporary art exhibition exploring the cultural relationship that exists between Britain and the Indian Subcontinent. Running until 31 October at Kedleston Hall, visitors will also be able to see the exhibition at Powis Castle NT (Welshpool) until 3 November, Oriel Davies (Newtown) from 14 September until 6 November and at WAVE (Wolverhampton) from 16 November until 5 April 2014.
With strong links to India through previous occupant George Nathanial Curzon, Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905, Kedleston Hall is the perfect venue to inspire artists to interpret this theme. In the artist’s first outdoor installation, Judge’s Bilocation will be screened in the Pleasure Grounds in a specially constructed, temporary, sculptural structure, inspired by the makeshift cinemas that popped up in India at the beginning of the 20th century, until February 2014.
On visiting Kedleston for the first time, Judge was struck by the film footage shown in the historic house of the 1903 Delhi Durbar, an extravagant parade organised by Lord Curzon to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII. As part of Judge’s research he discovered that the film had been shown throughout India in makeshift cinemas, which inspired the newly built structure at Kedleston Hall.
To further his research into the Delhi Durbar and produce the new commission, Judge travelled to Delhi to visit Coronation Park, site of the 1903 Durbar. Bilocation incorporates footage filmed at Kedleston Hall and in Delhi.
Also on show at Kedleston until 31 October is an exhibition of contemporary artworks by a range of outstanding emerging and established artists. This is part of the huge Shakti project unfolding across its four UK venues. Walking through Kedleston Hall’s spectacular State Rooms and its historic Eastern Museum, visitors will encounter artworks that are a feast for the eyes and inspire deep consideration of the cultural relationship between Britain and the Indian Subcontinent.
For more information about the Shakti exhibition programme and the opening times at each venue go to www.meadowarts.org.