The Sapper: Bharat Sikka

2 July 2020 - 5 August 2020

Nature Morte, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Bharat Sikka. The Sapper, 2020. Courtesy of Nature Morte

Nature Morte‘s latest online exhibition The Sapper is as multi-layered as the relationship that it narrates between a father and an adult son. Through photography, Bharat Sikka creates the possibilities for observation, recollection, close comparison and collaboration, and gives this long-term project a title that both describes and belies its substance. The Sapper is an entitling that offers up a cue for the viewer: an explanation of the circumstances, behaviours and predilections that we can read into the portrayal of this former “sapper” of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers.

It suggests a double-edged understanding of this father — the push and pull of his sense of selfhood — as both held in his public, now-historical role, and despite of it. The title could be read as holding its subject at an observable distance and implies, perhaps, the urge of an adult child to adopt a vantage point of parity from which to see their father as another adult. It gestures towards the idea of photography as an act of inherent scrutiny and of pinpointing and fixing its ostensible and complicated subject.

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