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The Door The Beast

Super Summer Extra Pomeriggio, curated by Stefano Giuri, at TOAST Project Space, Firenze.

29 January - 25 March 2020




Here is the description of an Indian picture of a procession of Indian princes through the streets of Jaipur. This was at a time when certain states, such as Jaipur, now progressive states, were once enriched through trade in luxury goods. The rulers enjoyed banquets and sought out every kind of ostentatious pleasure in the streets of the city.

Now this little picture, wrapped in horsehair like a relic, provides us with a glimpse into this long lost period. The horse swishes his tail back and forth to brush off the flies that annoy him. Innumerable truths are reflected in the head and body of the beast in a game no one can respond to.
© Robert Pettena 2020