Vikram Divecha (born 1977, Beirut) is a Mumbai-bred artist based between New York and Dubai. His work addresses labour, time and value, 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-contextualising 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.

 

Divecha's exhibitions include Minor Work, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai (2017), Portrait Sessions, Tashkeel, Dubai (2016), Warehouse Project, Alserkal Commission, Dubai (2016), White Cube... Literally, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai (2016), DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowsku Castle, Warsaw (2015), Accented, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2015) and A Public Privacy, DUCTAC, Dubai (2015), among others. Recipient of the 2014 Middle East Emergent Artist Prize, he has exhibited works at Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), Louvre Abu Dhabi (2017), and also created projects for The Arab Fund For Arts and Culture's public art commission InVisible in 2014.