You are all caught up
Date: 03 December 2020 – 07 January, 2021
Medium: acrylic on canvas and paper, watercolour and gouache on paper
Second solo exhibition at TARQ, Mumbai, comprising works created between 2018 and 2020, with a significant number having been created after the onset of the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic. While the pre-pandemic works were continuing explorations of the lives of an urban city’s inhabitants through ideas of the personal and political, social media consumption, the ubiquitous blue screen and broadly comprised figurative narratives, the newer works focused on the structural character of a city without these inhabitants.
Scroll down for the gallery’s text and an interview booklet about the show.
Click here for Interview booklet – featuring conversations about the works with Ankur Tewari (singer-songwriter, composer), Parmesh Shahani (author, public speaker, culture curator, and inclusion advocate) and Vishwa Shroff (artist)
Text from the gallery, TARQ:
Made up of a series of painting and drawings that are an expression of the artist’s understanding of the extremely tumultuous historical moment we experienced not too long ago with the pandemic. In this show, Kulavoor continued to be fascinated with Social Media, the ideas of the personal and political through the ubiquitous blue screen in combination with looking at familiar urban spaces through the terrifying yet new lens of the then growing pandemic. His curiosity to understand how we adapt and our need for content consumption at our fingerprints are well channeled within this expansive body of works.
As a sign of the times, it is not uncommon to find the omnipresent cell phone in several works, serving to alienate, entertain and often, making the private, public. Kulavoor continues to question and dissect how humanity, as a whole, is adapting to life not only in an urban metropolis but the restless mental state of living through a time of political turmoil.
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