Unearthing the past, one sculpture at a time with Manjunath Kamath

Delhi-based Kamath tries to build a bridge with the past by creating works that look like excavated pieces of sculpture assembled to create a new entity

Manjunath Kamath is an artist from Karnataka, living and working in Delhi. In the last couple of years he has created a fascinating series of terracotta sculptures which are intriguing, and challenge the viewer. One of the main issues he is grappling with in these works is his quest to create a bridge with the past.

India has a rich tradition of painting and sculpture. He assiduously studies them for their skill, imagery and language, and incorporates some of their best qualities in his works. Wit and subversive play, which are Kamath’s hallmarks, are present in these works as well. They look like archeologically excavated pieces of sculpture that have been assembled to create a new entity. They look almost paradoxical in the way they come together. In Kamath’s work, time collapses. It holds multiple narratives from various time frames in its fold like magic.

Kamath has studied art from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore. He later did a residency at the School of Art & Design, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK. His work has been showcased at many solo shows in India and the US and at numerous curated shows in galleries and museums in the US, UK, Germany, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain and Sri Lanka. He has also exhibited at the Dhaka Biennale, Bangladesh.

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