NAMAK HALAL  

2017, Khoj International Artists' Association, New Delhi  

Video + Installation. Rock salt, red chillies, wire.  

Salt and chillies are staples found in any household across the country, used particularly to flavour meat or vegetables. In some marginalised dalit communities, when times are tough, it is not uncommon to eat the two ingredients plain, accompanied with bhakri and perhaps some oil or raw onion. Namak Halal is both a celebration and a mockery, balancing narratives of food, taste, and memory with those of caste, power, access, and authority, simultaneously drawing on the playfulness and performativity of extravagant political rituals (or statements) such as magnificent garlands of flowers or banknotes.