Madhu Das (India) in his practice is primarily concerned with the projection of identity onto the social and natural world and the way in which the two are woven together in the space. In his work, the human body often establishes an improvisational relationship with objects and sculptural elements in the space. His work involves spaces, in both a narrative sense and as a site of memory, to re-narrate historical events as a way of plotting connections between the particular and the universal. Madhu adapts aspects of material culture and uses methods from anthropology and allegorical fiction as conceptual tool, exploring linguistic devices and imagery with a sense of irony and paradox.
Recent exhibitions and residencies include: HH Art Spaces, India; Harvard South Asia Institute, Cambridge, USA; The Curriculum, by Creative Time Summit in partnership with ArtOxygen & Studio-X, India; Awaaz Do – A Call to Resistance, curated by Ram Rahman in Times Lit Fest at the Mehbob Studios, India; The Conflicted Issue of Change and Urbanism, curated by Gayatri Sinha at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, India; Sarai Reader 09, curated by Raqs Media Collective at Devi Art Foundation, India; TIFA Working Studios, India; T.A.J. Residency & SKE Projects, India; Sethu Residency, Theertha International Artists Collective, Sri Lanka and Sandarbh Artist Residency, India.
Madhu was the recipient of the Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 2015 and was selected by Harvard South Asia Institute for the Emerging South Asian Visual Artists Program.