I catch the artist at the end of a long day at
work. He is washing the paint off of his face.
is the show about?
project is a series of propositions to the public. We use the
precision of a contemporary art display site to give them a
do you mean by that?
surgical table where I add a thin layer in addition to the
constructs, triggers and affects that uplift the urban site from
one of mere materiality.
skin of the city is alive and won't let itself be marked so
easily. It's evasive and tricky. But it is also one of the
easiest ingredients to access if we want to reconstruct it. This
project is an experiment to mark the city and make the marking
Use the drawings and it's presence on the walls
of the city to create newer possibilities for it’s
if I do not want to reconstruct?
does it the minute we try and remember. Each memory is a
all I see are these big drawings. Where are the marking in the
drawings you see inside the gallery are simulations of the
Murals outside. They create a constellation of images that are
crucial in triggering an update in the way the urban site in
question is re-imagined.
the site is?
This time it's Mumbai. And accompanying the
images is documentation of about 50 murals that I have made
across it. Every drawing is repeated about 8 times. This
repetition across sites creates a route. A map of this route is
made and the viewer is egged on to chart it. There are 8 maps.
When did you make the Mural's?
a lot of work.
the documentation could also be fake?
A: That depends
on your stake involved in its authenticity.
I don’t understand.
Neither do I.
Amitabh Kumar is a designer/artist from New
Delhi, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda and
has worked as a part of the Sarai Media Lab (2006 -2010) where
he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed books
and co-curated an experimental art space. He is visiting faculty
to the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and is an
initiating member of the Delhi based comics ensemble, The Pao
Collective. Amitabh Kumar curated City as Studio
Kardasz at Zacheta National Art Gallery, Poland, 2011 and
co-curated and participated in
as Studio EXB series, 2010.
His few selected shows include
Glitch Frame Lollipop,
Lattitude 28, New Delhi, 2012;
On the Sidereal, residency and exhibition curated by
Prayas Abhinav at The Guild, 2012; invited
as a guest artist for the London- Delhi 2010 – 2012: Artist Lab
Amitabh Kumar was invited along with his
colleagues to do large scale murals for Kochi Muziris Biennale,
on the Aspinwall House, 2012; at various locations in Pune by
Pune Biennale, 2012; a public mural for Khoj Das Tak, 2012; at
Sua House by a private collector, 2013; designed and executed
mural ‘Dilemma of the Techno hero’ for the Information
Society Seminar in the Sarai-CSDS compound, 2006.