Koboi Balik Lagi (The ‘Koboi’ Returns Again) , 2016
Chromogenic prints, 12 light box transparencies, mango icon and performance
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission
This installation has three components. The two chromogenic prints are SUPERSTAR, featuring the artist in front of a poster of the Tamil movie star Rajinikanth, and PujaanKu (One and Only, after a famous song by P. Ramlee), which shows Niranjan with his English wife. Next, Koboi Balik Lagi (The ‘Koboi’ Returns Again) features 12 light boxes with images of the artist’s activities, captured over one day at the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The third element is a series of performances in which the artist (or his accomplice) peels, slices and serves a mango to the audience, while recounting the Hindu myth about Ganesha winning a mango by circling around his parents. This installation is an expansion of Niranjan’s original Koboi Balik Kampung (The ‘Koboi’ Returns Home) series, where he explored personal and family narratives, as well as the cultural, political and social landscapes of Malaysia. It reflects Niranjan’s psychological and sociocultural consciousness as an artist living and working in Canada, and as a Malaysian citizen.