Nikhil Chopra performed Coal on Cotton as part of MIF13. His work Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing VIII was part of Marina Abramović Presents... at MIF09.
Nikhil Chopra's work draws on personal and collective cultural history to examine questions of identity, the role of autobiography and the politics of posing and self-portraiture. The artist also addresses the process of transformation as it is consciously and physically experienced and represented through his performative practice. The characters within his performances are semi-autobiographical. Dressed variously in nineteenth century top hats, tailcoats, crinoline dresses, and twentieth century skin-tight body suits and flapper dresses, the characters haunt the streets, busy market squares, train stations, parks and the confines of art galleries and other buildings. Sometimes a performance in a gallery spills over onto the streets when Chopra's character decides to go for a walk. Audiences follow him on these journeys or meet him at venues to watch him drawing or resting, the audience participating in the exercise of locating the performance in the city.
Nikhil Chopra's performances may be seen as a form of storytelling that intermingles family histories, personal narrative and everyday life.