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Kather Nripati at Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale

20 Feb- 24 May 2024

Dhali Al Mamoon is showcasing his work 'Kather Nripati' (Wooden Lord) at the second edition of Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale titled After Rain. The logistics of Dhali Al Mamon’s presentation is supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.

Dhali Al Mamoon is an artist whose work engages with the persistence of colonialism as a historical trauma. Al Mamoon's series of kinetic sculptures comprising Kather Nripati (Wooden Lord) derive from traditional palm-leaf puppets that made fun of the flailing movements of the sepoys, the Indian soldiers hired by the British East India Company. Originating around the time of the Sepoy Mutiny (1857-59), the dolls were a subtle form of resistance that temporarily subverted the usual hierarchical order. Life-sized, wooden versions of the toy mounted on plinths rotate periodically. Their arms and legs clatter and flare in all directions, giving them a comical but menacing presence.

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