Mountain of Salt is an ongoing body of work comprised of found images, appropriated text and digital shape collages and were born as a response to the current narrative surrounding our everyday ‘normal’. Since Covid-19 unfolded across the world, I like many others have become acutely aware of the landscape in which we are living in, where everything has felt amplified. We cling to the news for updates, statistics and curves; and in our own ways analyzing the myriad forms of information. It highlights the way in which language, words and speech have a physical presence, a bearing upon us and carry weight.
These text-based collages focus on the provocative language used by politicians, journalists and individuals who were sharing their commentary, updates or thoughts at first related to the pandemic, but it soon expanded.
The works have continued to evolve and they now encompass issues and moments that have affected us well beyond the virus – conversations around oppression, racism and witnessing trauma but also to the more light-hearted, comical moments in these times where we take solace. This curious collection of phrases speaks to the dissemination of language and its effect upon us.
Bindi Vora is a contemporary photographic artist. Her practice utilizes various analogue processes, often taking inspiration from her everyday surroundings, which include her personal archive. Vora’s work teases out subtle marks and pigments within the materials she uses, she is interested in the way materials or ephemera can be reused or recycled to create new narratives but can be traced back to other works, almost like interconnected tissues.
Her works have been exhibited in a number of group exhibitions including The Photographers’ Gallery, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, UK; 180 The Strand, UK; Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, UK; Benaki Museum, Athens; amongst others. Her works have been published in PYLOT, Capricious Magazine and Loose Associations, appearing on various websites including I Heart Women, Hyperallergic, A Corner With; being named as one to watch by Art Fetch.
Vora self-published her first photographic book In the blue light we failed., (2014) which has recently been acquired by The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s University, Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection / Museum of Modern Art, New York, amongst others. In 2019, she was commissioned by the Hospital Rooms to produce a work for the Junipers, a NHS Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Devon.