Making Strange

Gagawaka + Postmortem by Vivan Sundaram

Edited by Saloni Mathur and Miwon Kwon

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  • Published: August 2015
  • Subject Listing: Art History / Asian Art; Art / Sculpture
  • Bibliographic information: 200 pp., 145 illus., 142 in color, 8 x 11 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Distributed for: Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Contents

This volume juxtaposes for the first time two striking bodies of work by Delhi-based and internationally recognized contemporary artist Vivan Sundaram. Gagawaka, the first project, consists of twenty-seven sculptural garments made from a bizarre assortment of recycled materials including foam cups, surgical masks, tire tubes, tampons, X-ray film, bandages, bras, foil pill wrappers, and drain pipes. These garments evoke a relationship both playful and subversive to fashion, haute couture, the runway, and the brand.

The second project, Postmortem, is a collection of haunting sculptural objects composedof mannequins, tailor's dummies, wooden props, and models of human organs and bones. Postmortem questions the spectacle of Gagawaka with a wider set ofcommentaries about the human body and social concerns related to aging, illness, and death.
Saloni Mathur is associate professor of art history at the University of California, LosAngeles. Miwon Kwon is professor of art history at University of California, Los Angeles.