About The Work
Confronted with the violence of Partition, the insidiously destructive might of capital, the sheer decrepitude of history, how can Gandhi be relevant? The iconic Ghandijee, in Madhusudhan’s homage, is hybrid: his revered image is partially usurped by the mundane objects that define him – a cloak, salt, a goat, an umbrella. The narrative slows down, takes space to breathe.
Born in 1956 in Allapuzha, Kerala, Madhusudhanan studied Painting from Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Print Making at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, Gujarat. His artistic practice flows seamlessly across various mediums in art and cinema, including video art and narrative feature film. His work confronts India’s film history, her colonial period and contemporary war politics. He is deeply concerned with war, colonization, and man-made borders. Marxism and Buddhism have been decisive influences on Madhusudhanan’s
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