For the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Arulpragsam has produced a series of ten brightly coloured, 8 foot long print collages, framed with custom-built mirror mosaics. Built up of layers of saturated, digital colors and reflective, light-catching surfaces, the works feature 3D images of parrots, jungle foliage and gemstones, layered with photographs of crowds, children and cars. The prints are collaged with Arulpragasam’s custom-made holograms and silkscreen designs and framed with handcrafted mirrors. The mix of ancient and traditional icons with the ultra-modern digital surfaces is a representation of Arulpragasam’s experience of the new India.
For the creation of the works, Arulpragasam commissioned wholesale print factories from cities across India to produce multiples of her designs. The large-format 3D lenticular images have been made in Bombay, by a commercial advertising hoarding company. Her holographic prints were made in a Chennai factory that produces tamper- proof security stickers for use on credit cards and banknotes worldwide. Silkscreen printing was performed by a local Kochi poster business house and the mirror frames are handmade by her uncle, who flew to Kochi to help her work with local craftsmen.