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Communal riots in Gujarat - Children of One Mother

Mantu Chitrakar2012

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Mantu Chitrakar's (India b.1960s) Communal riots in Gujarat - Children of One Mother is a Patachitra, or ‘pat’, a scroll painting from West Bengal, intimately bound up with itinerant storytelling and songs. Historically, patachitra were cloth scrolls on which mythological or epic stories were painted as a sequence of frames. The artists (patua) would travel from village to village, slowly unrolling the scrolls and singing the stories. Patachitras have been compared to cinema frames or animation, and are said to be one of the oldest forms of audiovisual communication.

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

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  • Title: Communal riots in Gujarat - Children of One Mother
  • Creator: Mantu Chitrakar
  • Date Created: 2012
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 348.5 x 56.2cm
  • Provenance: Purchased 2015 with funds from Rick and Carolle Wilkinson through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
  • Subject Keywords: APT8, India, Mantu Chitrakar
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © The artist
  • External Link: Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India
  • Medium: Natural colour on mill-made paper with fabric backing

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