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Watchlist Artist: Prabhakar Pachpute

Experimenter in collaboration with the Clark House Initiative presents The Land Eaters, Prabhakar Pachpute’s first solo in Kolkata. Through a new body of work, Pachpute continues to explore his interest in labor ethics, economic exploitation, unequal social development and land politics.

Pachpute belongs to a family with a three-generation history as miners in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, in one of the country’s oldest mines located within a land, that has over the years, born the brunt of relentless excavation. It is through his repeated revisits and personal experiences of growing up in Chandrapur, that he upholds the paradoxical metaphor of almost every small town in developing countries like India and at what cost that ‘development’ is attained. In his first solo last year, Pachpute drew murals of his descents deep into the coalmines, conveying the sublime trauma of the mine’s psychological impact on those who work in and those who live above the mines. In a later series of works, Pachpute pushed back the character of the miner to the figure of the cotton farmer, driven to trading his land for a job in the mines, and then forward to the city’s industrial cotton-mill worker, to be displaced once again after the Great Bombay Textile Strike of 1982.

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Prabhakar Pachpute, The Land Eaters, Installation view at Experimenter, Kolkata; Courtesy of EXPERIMENTER


More on Prabhakar Pachpute (b. 1986, Chandrapur, Maharshtra, India)

Prabhakar Pachpute graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Khairagarh University, Chhattisgarh and continued to pursue his MFA from M.S.U, Baroda. Pachpute opened his debut solo, Canary in a Coalmine, at the Clark House Initiative, Bombay in 2012. Select group shows include L’ Exigence de la Saudade, curated by Clark House, at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, Black OR White, curated by Galit Eilat, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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(Image on top: Prabhakar Pachpute, Sasti Underground mine no.3 , 2013, Charcoal on paper, 60 in x 72 in.; Courtesy of EXPERIMENTER)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/23/13

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