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365 watercolour journal by Vasudevan Akkitham at Kochi Muziris Biennale 2022

“During the lockdown, I decided to explore the domestic space and work with a medium which is easy to deal with and has a certain degree of fluidity. As I began to work on it with small papers and watercolour, a disconnect with the world outside happened inside me. So, I created a new world …

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Farmers of Nagaland singing at the Kochi Muziris Biennale

Rajesh Kumar Songs about love and mischief from the people of Phek district of Nagaland makes the documentary ‘Up Down and Sideways (Kho ki Pa Lu)’. The film is made by Anushka Meenakshi. Currently the film is been exhibited at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2022. The documentary is about the 5000 local villagers who plant …

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Celebrating the exuberant brushstrokes of late Goan artist Laxman Pai

A recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honours like the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Lalit Kala Akademi Award for his artistry, Goan artist Laxman Pai lived to the ripe old age of 95 before his demise just last year in March, at his home in Goa’s Dona Paula. He was born on January 21, …

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Sheher Shah’s ode to Delhi at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022

Rajesh Kumar Seher Shah from Karachi, Pakistan is dedicated to drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She has worked with drawing and printmaking exploring ideas in architecture and perspective drawing traditions, contested relationship between history, objects and time; and the relationship between poetry and abstraction. Through works on paper using drawings, etchings, photo gravures and woodcuts and …

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Hair today, art tomorrow! African artist Laetitia Ky locks down using her mane for art, activism

The natural Afro-textured hair, or kinky hair, of African-origin people has long been an issue of cultural pride and civil rights (the latter especially for African-Americans, amid a long history of slavery and issues of ghettoisation and persistent violence by law enforcement authorities). The hiding of this naturally voluminous, dense, curly hair to conform with …

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Priya Sen’s “Yeh Freedom Life” at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Abhishek Kumar Priya Sen is an award-winning artist and filmmaker based in New Delhi, India. She is a highly accomplished multi-disciplinary artist with a passion for film and photography. She has been creating beautiful, captivating artwork for the past two decades. She is known for her thought-provoking and often unconventional visual stories. She has an …

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Using Video Games to Visualize the Impact of Water-Based Economies

Abhishek Kumar Pranay Dutta is a visual artist who divides his time between Delhi and Calcutta. He specialises in taking pieces from everyday life and rearranging them so that they resemble dystopian mindscapes in black-and-white pictures. With the help of his video installations, he creates a sombre, dramatic story in which the trickling water serves …

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Neerja Kothari dealing with the investigation of the absurd at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022

In an attempt at trying to quantify an unquantifiable experience, Neerja Kothari an artist from Kolkata works around the investigation of the absurd. She completed her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, USA. She has been awarded fellowship at the Ucross Foundation, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, …

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Artwork on the oppressed and marginalised communities by Jithinlal N R at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Rajesh Kumar Jithinlal N R’s paintings, drawings and illustrations engage with the difficulties of representing complexity visually, often focusing on the representation of oppressed and marginalised communities in India. He is from Kerala and is now based in Vadodara, India. Through material investigation, he engages with his direct surroundings, examining how societal structures impact upon …

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