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100% Local

I was invited recently to contribute work to the 4th issue of 100% zine.

A project by Sameer Kulavoor (Bombay Duck Design) and Lokesh Karekar (Locopopo Design), 100% is India’s first visual art zine which showcases contemporary designers, illustrators and visual artists doing cutting edge original work. Each issue has 100% focus on one topic. Artists are invited based on theme and approach. The purpose of this exercise is to bring together work of artists from different backgrounds, sensibilities and aesthetics in each issue under one common theme.

The theme for this issue is ‘Local’:

“As artists our locality does leave an impact on our work – Local culture/ Local music/ local people/ local mannerisms/ local traditions. In this age where the world is turning into one big country and boundaries are becoming blurred, we’re interested in how artists behold the local. What would be ‘that one subject’ around you that fascinates you? something that is local and not global? And how does one behold the idea of local in our times? In this issue we invite 12 artists to create an image inspired by their ideas of ‘local’.”

Representing Bangalore, I contributed three images from a new project titled ‘Sandown‘. This series of ten images re-appropriates iconography from a collection of Indian matchbox labels and situates them on an isolated beach in the south coast of England. In this project the bringing together of contrasting visual elements creates a tension between culture and context. The common thread through the series is the horizon line, which holds together a fragmented narrative where animals and objects, out of place in this setting, are in an awkward and nonsensical dialogue with each other.

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Copies of the zine can be bought here.

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There is some really fantastic work showcased in this issue. The contributing artists for 100% Local are:

Rishidev RK – Delhi

Matt Lee – Bengaluru

Hitesh Malaviya – Baroda

Yadnyee Shingre – Pune

Maheswari Janarthanan – Chennai

Ayaz Basrai – Mumbai

Benchalit Sagiamsak – Bangkok

Kuanth – Singapore

Driv – Malaysia

Yeji Yun – Seoul

Hsiao Ron Cheng – Taipei

Mamoru Yamamoto – Yokohama

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Sandown

‘Sandown’ is a new series that re-appropriates iconography from a collection of Indian matchbox labels and situates them on an isolated beach in the south coast of England. The bringing together of these contrasting visual elements creates a tension between culture and context.

The common thread through the series is the horizon line, which holds together a fragmented narrative where animals and objects, out of place in this setting, are in an awkward and nonsensical dialogue with each other.

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