Vivek Muthuramalingam

viv ©Indu Antony Vivek Muthuramalingam is a documentary photographer and artist based out of Bangalore, India. His practice is often multidisciplinary and involves writing, videography and multimedia.

In his documentary work, Vivek is partial to ideas that coax a narrative and inform a deeper connection with the subject. He studied fine art at Ken School of Art, Bangalore and completed his studies in medicine at Kolar, Karnataka. He worked briefly as a surgical resident in the Department of Urology at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore before he took to photography.

Vivek’s photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Gulf News, The Sunday Guardian, Motherland Magazine, TimeOut, Al Jazeera, Domus India, National Geographic Traveller India, Huffington Post India, The Caravan and The Indian Express. He has also contributed to publications and reports for the Greenpeace, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi’s journal), WHO and UNESCO.
At whiteBOX, Munich, he will create a visual memoir of the local landscape experimenting with memory, loss and transformation.

Vivek @ whiteBOX © whiteBOX During the course of his residency at whiteBOX in Munich, Vivek Muthuramalingam chose the theme of love and loss, threading together intimate memories and the landscape of Germany which formed the backdrop for many of them. He presented them as a series of photographs and poems, conceptualised in the format of a book tentatively titled, Poems for a Lost Love. He also set-up a darkroom at whiteBOX for producing ambrotypes, an alternative photographic process through which photographs are made on glass plates.

With the intention of giving the Germans an insight into the life of a South Indian family, Vivek presented a reproduction of a family album put together by his mother, called Sweet Memories. It included photographs of a Mysore vacation with his close friend, one taken during a visit to a cake fair and another from his grandfather’s house in Cox Town.

Vivek extensively journaled his time in Germany on his Instagram page and displayed them in his studio as prints for a larger audience to view.