Kailas Sreekumar (Bangalore, India): Making of an unmaking

  • 19 Dec 2020 3pm UTC ***POSTPONED
  • dur 15min

‘Making of an unmaking’ is conceived as an absurdist response to the oppressive farm law reforms in India. Thousands of farmers are protesting against the India government’s oppressive farm law reforms aiming to corporatize agriculture leaving nearly 70 percent of the country\’s 1.3 billion people at the mercy of Multinational Companies. The corrupt ruling class is attempting to convert the socialist inspired welfare state of India into a neo-liberal one. While the farmers across the nation are trying to protest against the oppressive farm law reforms democratically and peacefully the government is trying hard to squash the uprising using force and discredit the movement by labelling it as anti-national. The performance involves the artist making roti, a pan Indian bread made of wheat. Instead of using a rolling pin the artist uses an empty Pepsi can and a miniature model of ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’(a sculpture of four Asiatic lions standing back to back, originally placed on the top of the Ashoka pillar at the important Buddhist site of Sarnath by the Emperor Ashoka, in about 250 BCE) which was adopted as the state emblem of India; intending to show the nexus between the government and corporates in the context of the farm law reforms.

BIO: Sreekumar is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Kerala, India. Being a keen observer of socio-political developments Sreekumar responds to these events through his art. He sees himself as a transnational person/ citizen of the world and he is against all those ideas which divide people. As a staunch believer of democracy Sreekumar is very disturbed by the recent right wing fascistic political developments which have become a threat to human rights all over the world. Inspired by ‘Flux events’ his work consists of idiosyncratic actions and use of everyday objects to question the status quo and create a humorous destabilizing effect. Also inspired by Deleuzian Philosophy he considers his works to be ‘nomadic war-machines’ trying to resist the dominant. In 2018, he completed his Bachelor’s in Creative Arts with a major in Contemporary Art Practices from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, and in 2019 he earned his Master’s degree in Contemporary Fine Art from the University of Cumbria (UK).