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visual communication practice




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Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

In my last body of works, I used satire to enable comparison, understanding and insight and holds up the flaws in our institutions, our species and, indeed, ourselves. The works combine history, politics and current events with levity and witty irreverence. In my ongoing project I have chosen pen and ink, videos and sculpture. In this project, work is subversive and a comment on the human condition itself offering the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at the heroic and the rational. Most of my subjects are familiar but re contextualized. In what they encompass or allude to, these works transcend the merely comically grotesque or the quest for objectivity.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

This communication is basically a criticism or satire based.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

I am trying to point out the deficiencies in certain human institutions and the social issues which result from them in such a way that they become absurd, even hillarious, which is therefore both entertaining and accessible. It aims to keep collective conscience alert, it exposes absurdity for what it is and makes those inclined to adopt foolish or tasteless fashions aware that what they espouse is ridiculous. It shows society its own features and makes it odious to the sentient. So often satire in the visual arts is portrayed as anti-progressive, yet its ability to offer cutting critique is a positive when aimed at the right targets as I demonstrate.

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

I learned to concentrate on different issues on social -political visions and learned to re contextualize it through my own creative language .

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

I think my approach and representation of my work is international in context of both visual and content matter .So I think it may a good communication work for international audience .

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

I have always tried to represent my work in international platforms, may it be in general events,galleries ,fairs or biennale. I execute my works or project in my best plans and keeping in mind the character and environment of the space provided .

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)



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Entry details




All Is Not What It Seems

Concept author(s)

Suman Kabiraj

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Concept author(s) contribution

the concept , layout , creation and representation is the credit of the author.



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visual communication practice

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I am working across a variety of mediums like drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and video art. My work reflects an involvement with the time ,society and politics. Images that I create, or seek to create and the images that are constantly being created in and around me, thanks to the great image journey called life. So, the things I paint, draw, install, make video, do photography or sculpt, originate from my everyday engagement with Reality. This is a Reality which, for me, is made of mundane happenings and uncanny images which penetrate into each other regularly, often unexpectedly, leaving me bewildered. Born in a semi-urban area, very close to village, I had the fortune of getting in close contact with the rural area and nature– both spatially and psycho-spatially. Then I moved to Kolkata for my art education in 1999 and since then, I’ve been into the entrails of this megapolis. Such a geographical binary, and the tension within, have contributed largely to my imagination. I practice in my own studio and this work exhibited in my solo show titled 'All Is Not What It Seems' at gallery K2, Kolkata, India and also in Summer Show at Center Of International Modern Art (CIMA), India,2014 .