Sajjad Ahmed, ‘God of Small Things (V)’, 2013, Sanat Initiative

Crossing Over | Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi, India, 2013

'God of Small Things (V)' Exhibited at Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi ‘God of Small Things (V)’ represents a centralized and even stack of freight containers in different colors, sporting edited words of various natures. The fact that they are all elongated boxes, stored away in a dark and cold-looking warehouse, does refer to the underhand enslavement that essentially characterizes today’s globalized world, but poetry finds its way even into such grim tales of capitalist bondage. This work explores the immensity of abstract ideas, leaving poetic little fingerprints all over the image by choosing cargo with names that incidentally hint at the sublime. ‘Ever’, reads one container. ‘Columbus’, reads another – conjuring images of distant times and a different kind of might. Yet, two of them are labelled ’Time’ and ‘Sea’. The paradox of unbound space within spatial limits is apparent.

(Write-up by Dua Abbas Rizvi)

About Sajjad Ahmed

Pakistani, b. 1982, Wah Cantt., Wah, Punjab, Pakistan, based in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan