Exhibition Pre Inflict Phase

Pre Inflict Phase © Mithun Das

Tue, 11.02.2020 -
Sat, 15.02.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Park Mansions, Gate 4
57A, Park Street
700 016 Kolkata

A project by Mithun Das

11 February 2020 to 15 February 2020, 10 am to 6:30 pm daily
(Except Sundays and public holidays)


A certain verbal threat, “Khal khiche nebo”, insinuates peeling of the skin by flogging, shadowed by an entire history of acts of penalty that reaches deep into the memory of hierarchic violence.

The project ‘Pre Inflict Phase’ will explore this violence on skin itself – those that are torn from the bodies of animals. The leather itself signifies the literal actuation of the verbal threat but here scraps of leather would become an apt field of experience and expression.

In this project, the artist would like to draw the attention of the viewer with a video documentation of tanneries spaces, along with the natural leather hanging with arbitrary and uncontrolled stitching, where the arrangements of skin makes form of lands itself. Here the symbolic or allegoric metaphor of a skin could be a satiric example of socio-political observations of viewers.
On the other hand the display will include soft sculpture of leather, making the skin the protagonist of the universal land, which gives the hints of the world’s constant forceful map making process.

The exhibition will be opened on Monday, 10 February 2020 at 6:30 pm with an interactive and collaborative act with cobblers as well as the viewers, who will act as witnesses of the satirical condemnation. The artists will be present to introduce the project and facilitate the interactivity.

Mithun Das completed his B.F.A from The Indian College of Art & Draftmanship in 2011, and his M.F.A from, Visva Bharati, Kalabhavana, Shantiniketan in 2014. He has been working in Vadodara for last 6 years. He was awarded the Inlaks Fine Arts award in 2016, 46th Annual Birla Academy Art and Culture in 2013, he has participated in several residencies including Space Studio, Baroda, India in 2017, Khoj Peers in 2015 and What About Art? in 2017. He has also participated in various exhibitions which include ‘Knowing in Ply Gallery’, London in 2017, ‘Cima Award Show’ in 2017, Svikriti (Birla Academy of Art and Culture) in 2013 and more. He has participated in workshops like Translation (Emergent Art Space), Kolkata in 2016, KIPAF in Kolkata, 2013 and a Performance workshop held in Kala Bhavana in 2013.

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