Neha Choksi , United States/India b.1973 | Leaf fall (still) 2008 | Single-channel HD digital video projection, 14:14 minutes (looped), sound, colour, ed. 4/4 + 2 AP, English subtitles | Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artist
b.1973, New York, United States
Lives and works in Mumbai, India
Location: GOMA 1.3
Neha Choksi’s single-channel video Leaf fall 2008 documents an autumnal performance by a group of rural Indian actors. They denude a deciduous peepal or Bodhi tree by hand, leaving behind a single sprig. Throughout the video, members of the group move around a raw wooden scaffold and offer comments on their actions, speculating on how the process will change the tree’s environment. In this lyrical film, the near-stripped tree becomes a symbol of decay and renewal, part of a collective ritual that leaves behind a solitary leaf, soon to be lost among the new growth.