1996, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Pahul Singh is an artistic practitioner from Jaipur, Rajasthan. She has completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan in 2019. She is pursuing her Master of Visual Arts in Creative Painting from The Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda. She was a recipient of the Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Award and Scholarship for 2019-20. Her workshops include the Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust Mentoring Workshop in 2019; and Amongst Many Ruins: Pursuing Locations and Practices with Rakhi Peswani, under the framework of Propositions: Methods and Materials, in 2020. Her works are part of the 4th Edition of Student’s Biennale – States of Disarray: Practice as Restitution and Untitled IX, an online group exhibition by Priyasri Art Gallery. She was a guest presenter in “Methodologies of art-making and thinking through finding”, a Student’s Biennale Workshop, 2021. She is also an artist in residence for the KHOJ PEERS Residency 2021.
She lives and works in Jaipur
The experience of language and the understanding of one’s mother tongue after displacement, certain conditions of cultural exchange are central to Pahul’s artistic practice. It is an investigation that stems from her family history as Partition migrants from Western Punjab. As a post-migrant, her interest is in the loss of identity, particularly linguistic identity, as a result of a cultural displacement. She employs the Gurmukhi (Punjabi) Alphabet Primer as a visual marker; a device that is emblematic of an attempt at cultural and linguistic incorporation.
She takes recourse to the media of drawing, artist books, video and text animations, archival material, oral histories, and the voice; all of which traverse with one another. The digital works borrow the framing device of a page, in the absence of a physical book. The book object becomes images and voices, losing its tactility.
Her ongoing works look at the potentials of visualizing the voice, the corporal effects shaping the speaker, and the tension between the written and the oral. Framed as extended close-up shots, the voice becomes visually re-enacted, as every auditory stutter is reflected in an unsteady line – a crack, a thread, a borderline. The line quivers and shakes, and refuses to straighten out.
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