By Deepa Jayaraman
illustrates the intersection of art and politics. Implicitly questioning the structural inculcation of the practice of “shadism” through channels such as children’s books and other material culture.
A series of sixty ironical illustrations explore this practice and present an alternative reality. Rendering key situations from the children’s literary genre and retelling stories with the characters otherwise disguised and stereotyped. Using the language of painted illustrations, not forcing the idea on the audience but presenting an extended unconventional reality that challenges the established and enduring phenotype of idealistic characters with “Black” or “Dark-skinned” characters having a normal existence and presented as idealistic story book characters.