Digging up broken hooves – Social News XYZ

By Sukant Deepak

New Delhi, July 19 (SocialNews.XYZ) In an era that has seen the emergence of assertions of various types – tribal and environmental movements, Dalit movements, farmer protests and anti-CAA-NRC, he believes there is has voices, who may not be able to physically express their dissent, but who still don’t necessarily conform to the system.


“The system, which looks well-oiled from the outside, is not as smooth as it projects. The cogs of the machine are not necessarily neatly aligned, not just physically or visually, but sometimes even conceptually” , explains the artist Anupam. Roy, whose exhibition ‘Broken Cogs in the Machine’ is presented by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art at Vadehra Art Gallery (until August 5) in the nation’s capital.

The artist says that the works in the exhibition attempt to capture the “fracture” of our time and beyond our immediate present, the historical evolution of working-class subjects.

“We can no longer represent the worker as he was represented before, for example in Soviet posters. ‘Brokenness’ is a conceptual proposition in the way the subject of political change is considered today. Through this exhibition , I tried to design this proposal.”

Roy, whose large-scale works speak of injustice and violence, says that as an art practitioner, his task is to capture the current political era.

It also creates propaganda material in cooperation with protests and political movements which are used at different protest sites, both physically and virtually.

“The scale of my work therefore differs depending on the propaganda medium. Large works are made in such a way that they are clearly visible from afar at protest sites. In the space of an exhibition, however, the scale, the medium and form of the work may vary.Mobility of an image is important to a propagandist, and in this sense the scale of my work is chosen from a utilitarian perspective.

For someone who uses black textile pigments, tempera, ink and watercolor on paper and fabric – all cheap and readily available materials, and which have their own mobile character, he points out that the works are in black and white because it makes them easily and economically reproducible in different formats and sizes.

“The form of my work is close to post-expressionist. This allows me to draw quickly, and helps me to capture the “breakage” of images.”

Adding that his 90-day residency in Switzerland, supported by Pro Helvetia, proved to be quite engaging as he was able to communicate with different movements in that country and in Europe at large – race politics and immigrant politics.

“My stay helped me to understand the larger scale migrant problem and asylum politics and helped nurture the transnational solidarity in me. I had the opportunity to understand the new alternative artistic spaces in Europe, their sustainability-related ideas and implementations, etc..”

With political mural graffiti in West Bengal serving as a major inspiration in his journey as an artist, in Roy’s artistic practice his main interest is the relationship between land and labor.

“I try to understand the history of each land and its contemporary politics. This constant investigation of the relationship between land and labor creates my interest in regional landscapes”, concludes the artist.

(Sukant Deepak can be reached at sukant.[email protected])

Source: IANS

Digging up broken hooves

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