Vikram Divecha is a Beirut-born, Mumbai-bred artist, currently based between New York and Dubai. His work addresses time, value and labour, interrogating specific environments and challenging socio-economic structures.
His practice has developed around what he calls “found processes”—those forces and capacities at work within state, social, economic and industrial spheres. These processes are his realm of intervention: Divecha introduces “glitches” or realigns a system, which in turn generates an altered, amplified outcome as the operation runs its course. Constantly negotiating for existing material, space and labour, he navigates communities in deepening dialogues with potential participants. The changes he initiates are not simply injected into a system and then showcased; rather, Divecha’s are slow processes, capable of enduring well beyond the time/space framework of what is “exhibited,”
in some cases generating sustained social associations.
By aligning himself to the system, working alongside participants, Divecha adapts his strategies as the project itself evolves. Re-contextualizing the ebb and flow of goods through a warehouse, re-framing agency among municipal gardeners who create lasting public works, injecting non-artists into an artistic space, and superintending the
re-generation of context as uprooted bricks from a bus stop are re-laid elsewhere—such are the situations created across a practice invested far more in the social dynamics of an actual urban space, than in the hermetic world of the white cube.
Despite interacting with largely invisible systems,
his works have a definite materiality and formal rigour—a regimented plot of boulders, stylised hedges, stacks of boxes. His engagements translate into public art, sculptural installations, video and drawings.