Exhibition dates: 5 (sunrise 4:49am) – 7 (sunset 9:37pm) July 2013
The Indian artist Nikhil Chopra has been widely acclaimed for his performances that use a repertoire of characters to unravel the complexities of colonial India and Britain, along with his own family history. For Coal on Cotton, Chopra will turn his focus to two materials that made Manchester supremely wealthy in the 19th century — and that continue to hold workers in modern slavery beyond Europe and North America.
Held over 65 continuous hours in the new Landscape Gallery at the Whitworth, which will open 24 hours a day for the show’s duration, Coal on Cotton will span centuries and continents. The show will ask its audience to witness and reflect on connections between the lives of our forebears and ourselves, and on the actions that drive power and possession. In a gallery space engulfed by cotton, Chopra’s work will make connections between Mumbai and Manchester, cities sewn together through Britain’s imperial might.
For more information, visit the website of the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.