Use like water is a nine-day performance by Indian artist Nikhil Chopra. It starts as a journey he undertakes through the deserts and seaside areas of the UAE and Oman and culminates with a performance, re-presenting his travels to audiences in Sharjah during the biennial`s opening week. Chopra explores the layers beneath the region`s shiny veneer by focusing on nature and how relationships developed over the centuries. The performance`s surprising ending is also meant to send a message as to how things have developed in the UAE, a country he lived in as a child.
Medrar.TV met with Chopra during the biennial`s opening week and spoke to him about the journey he undertook and his experience leading an austere almost monk life lifestyle during his travels in the region.
[This video was produced by Medrar TV and is featured in partnership with Jadaliyya Culture]