(Image: Atul Bhalla, Untitled, 36" x 54" ; © Atul Bhalla)
Atul Bhalla (b. 1964, New Delhi, India)
Delhi-based Atul Bhalla is known for his sustained preoccupation with the eco-politics of water, which forms the basis for his diverse practice. Questioning the distribution, regulation, commodification and pollution of water, Bhalla has over the years explored its physical, historical, spiritual and political significance in relation to the population of New Delhi, his home city. Some describe Bhalla as an environmental activist, however his work may be considered not overtly political, instead socially concerned, engaging a poetic style of presentation. Bhalla describes his practice as an attempt to understand water, the way he perceives it, feels it, drinks it, swims in it and sinks in it. His personal negotiation of water provides a stage from which to address larger political issues concerning bodies of water and the urban environment.
Education: Bachelor in Fine Arts College of Art (B.F.A.) New Delhi, Delhi University . Masters in Fine Arts School of Art, (M.F.A.) Northern Illinois University, U.S.A.
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