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Liberatory Visuality: Some Reflections on Sanjib Mondal’s Art

Pinak Banik, Ashoka University

All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis,Volume 1, Issue 1, September-December, 2020, 1-16



In this paper, I analyze the embodiment of the dialectic process between closed doors of visual art as an institution dominated by the social elites and the subaltern artistic positions as echoed in visual-conceptual artist Sanjib Mondal’s art practice. Sanjib contextualizes his practice within the socio-spatial, regional, geo-political terrains of his own societal-cultural and institutional presence. Trained as a printmaker from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, Sanjib is also a proficient painter, who is persistently engaging in making images, while tangled in the crisis of “A”rt and artist’s material survival. His involvement with visuals is multifaceted, the processes, outcomes, and encounters being habitually anomalous to the norms of visual art’s methods.

Painak Bnik is an artist based in West Bengal. He is currently doing PhD from Ashoka University, India.



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