The videos Saras and Raktchandra by Indian artist Sahej Rahal, display animated torsos of busts of the Hindu gods Saraswati and Ganesha. Crumbling bits from within the hollow plaster torsos of the decaying object-gods nudge themselves outward, like some mangled act combining exhumation and puppetry. The deities are conjuring possessed idols of B-movie shock horror fame, and confront the palpability of time as material.
Saras, 1:45 min., HD Video, 2013, Courtesy the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai
Raktchandra, 4:35 min., HD Video, 2016, Courtesy the artist and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai