Copyright Cayla Skillin-Brauchle (2010-2014)

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Interactive, bilingual performance at the Sir JJ School of Art Annual Exhibition, Mumbai, India

Certifying the Truth is an interactive performance in which I offer to certify examples of the “truth” presented by the audience. This piece references a variety of specific experiences of a foreigner living in India. The first and most obvious is the continuous bureaucratic procedures necessary to maintain visas and affiliations. Secondly, as a foreigner in Mumbai one constantly must rely upon and trust others. From small interactions such as buying vegetables or boarding trains to larger negotiations of housing and livelihood, foreigners dependent on the honesty and goodwill of their neighbors. Lastly, this piece recognizes the subjectivity of the “truth.” In a moment of vulnerability for both the artist and the audience, the artist offers to hear and certify varying “truths.”