Artist Bharat Sikka’s ongoing photo-based project aims to rediscover his father, who was mostly absent during his growing years
A man stands shielding his face with a board as a dog turns back to look at him from a few feet away. Both of them are framed by rocky and desolate terrain. The air of solitude and enigma that surrounds this composition is intrinsic to artist Bharat Sikka’s ongoing series, The Sapper, currently showing on Nature Morte gallery’s online viewing room. The VR platform, a timely intervention to cope with the closures forced by the pandemic, adds to the mystique of the work, allowing the viewer to zoom in or look from afar. Distance and proximity illuminate the meaning of this body of images—as a measure of the closeness and gulf between parent and adult child, past and present, fiction and fact.