Visual artist Shahzia Sikander, most noted for her illustrative practice informed by Indo-Persian miniatures, created a new edition of her multi-channel work, "Parallax." "Gopi-Contagion" masterfully manipulates the flocking particles made up of silhouettes of hair from the Gopi, female worshipers of the Hindu god, Krishna. By appropriating the form and setting them into motion, the silhouettes transform into insects, birds, bats, or abstract particles. The flocking reflects behavior of cellular forms that have reached self-organized criticality, resulting in a redistribution of both visual information and experiential memory.

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Curated by Times Square Arts


  • Title: Gopi-Contagion
  • Creator: Shahzia Sikander
  • Creator Lifespan: Unknown - n/a
  • Creator Nationality: Pakistan
  • Date: 2015-10-01/2015-10-31
  • Provenance: Shahzia Sikander, 2015
  • Type: Video
  • External Link: Times Square Arts
  • Medium: Video

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