My passion for art lies in harnessing its power to facilitate dialogue, build community, and tell stories. I find it most effective when it evolves through collective processes. Through social practice projects, I explore the notions of ‘home’ and ‘homeland’ using various mediums which include drawing, painting, printmaking, digital art, sculpture, installations, and video.
As a member of a historically displaced indigenous community, my sense of home has always been transitional, uncertain, and fragmented. My practice is about exploring and understanding these fragmented and uncertain spaces. I am interested in the ways race, class, caste, ethnicity, age, gender, and spirituality shape the construct of oneself and their places of habitation. My artistic curiosity lies in how memory and self become mediated and negotiated through interactions with places, spaces, people, habitats, and cultures.
My artistic research is grounded in the idea of mutualism and critically exploring ‘identity politics’ in the post-colonial world. Through process-based collaborative projects, I strive to investigate and understand power relations, politics, and ethics of contemporary art practice, and their relation to globalization and capitalism. For me, art is a form of storytelling and I am keen on exploring the ways stories are created, shared and told in today’s hyper-digital world. I use my work as an opportunity to share stories while critically analyzing the politics of storytelling; who is telling the story, who is the audience, whose story is it, who is included or excluded?
A major part of my work is situated in India where I founded the Council for Arts and Social Practice (CASP) in 2013. The programs and transdisciplinary projects at CASP are aimed at using art as a tool for mutual learning, investigating the social conditions we live in, and how we can use collective consciousness to imagine possibilities for improving those conditions and the social mind.
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