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Autobiography - Caught in the flood

Kalam Patua2012

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

In Autobiography - Caught in the flood, Kalam Patua (India b.1962) at age 16 and his uncle are crossing a flooded river on their way to sell the clay idols. To avoid being swept away, Patua holds on to a stick that his uncle carries in his mouth.

Born into the Patua community of scroll painters and storytellers, Kalam Patua is a self-taught contemporary exponent of Kalighat painting, which draws on conventions from West Bengal scrolls and Indian miniature painting. A postmaster in a rural post office in West Bengal, he is one of the few artists painting in this style today.

Patua’s unique watercolours contain elements of autobiography and myth, and reflect on social issues and current news events. Topics include the changing nature of Indian society; dowry deaths and violence against women. He also paints light, humorous works, including a series about working in the postal system.

Exhibited in 'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT8) | 21 Nov 2015 – 10 Apr 2016

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