There was a lighthouse on the shores of my birthplace. These drawings have been created as image fragments made visible by its sweeping light. Light coming and going continuously, like memories, become visible in the present day darkness; The longest and greatest dream seen by the human race. Marxism. These drawings are a solitary contemplation of this dream. Marxism was the greatest wave in the history of thought. The ship of human life traveled up and down this wave.

In 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union, gigantic trees were uprooted. Many flags stopped flying. On the roadsides, enormous communist statues started falling. Marx, Lenin, Mao, Stalin ceased to be mere statues. From the nest of thought, metal birds started flying into disappearance. The backdrop of these drawings is the continuously shifting position of those bronze statues. These drawings also tell the history of those statues.

Several historical incidents and characters appear in these drawings. Bogeyman from Francisco Goya’s etching series, Capricos, is reborn here as military generals architecting wars. The 1921 model Cheverolet car Jagaddal, with its separated horn, from Ritwik Ghatak’s film Ajantrik also appear in these drawings. The pig, a symbol of greed and thirst for power in Buddhism, is also crawling in these drawings. That strange animal continues to play in the lazy comfort of the human mind.

 

The Marx Archive - Logic of Disappearance (ongoing project comprising drawings, sculptural installations and video installations)

90 drawings shown at the Kochi Muziris Biennale: 'Whorled Explorations' 2014-15, curated by Jitish Kallat.

Selection of 30 drawings shown at the Venice Biennale: 'All the World's Futures', 2015, Curated by Okwui Enwezor.