Culturally speaking stalking was never cool as our Indian traditional paintings of Krishna (Hindu diety) depicted. Krishna was known to be notorious and rather his teasing and stalking were romanticised in folk paintings of India.This artwork is inspired from the traditional Kalighat painting style and in this comic women who were teased and stalked by Krishna have agency to complain about stalking.
My mom always tell me this that a smartphone will destruct the world and not nuclear bombs, she keeps reminding me 'we don't have real conversations anymore'
Here I depicted a woman as the surveyor, specifically how she handles the Tinder app and the agency she has via social media
Amrita Pritam was a 20th century poet, novelist and the first to portray partition in the eyes of a woman, her written novel Pinjar (1950) later made into a film in 2002, till date,remains one of the few work of Punjabi literature from the perspective of a woman.This sketch is an ode to a passionate writer,a revolutionist and one of the first woman to write Indian history in the otherwise Punjabi male dominated literary world. I include this illustration because of her struggles amidst the community that continually surveyed her for being a woman writer.
The selfie stick brought us a culture of self surveillance, this painting is a satire on that theme. In this painting, the picture continues to be taken even if there is no electricity.
When it rains in Mumbai city in India, it rains a lot! We have a lot of movie songs and it's like in the mainstream media that celebrate rain, the central theme is to basically romanticise monsoon, because why not! In this painting I tried to depict women under various circumstances, some from work to home, sone heading to bank, some getting their children back from school , while some trying to go to school , but all despising the situation, in no way do they actually celebrate the rain. The way it's gazed and the way it is , that's the idea under surveillance that I wanted to show here.