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Blums of Zug take Young Kerala-artist Unnikrishnan C's work to Switzerland

CHINGAMCHIRA (HANGING HOMES), 2016 Dimensions variable | Wooden houses
(Courtesy: Artist)

Emerging Keralite artist Unnikrishnan C gets a golden opportunity to showcase his works at a solo exhibition in Switzerland in March 2018. 

Courtesy collectors Richard and Adrienne Blum of Zug, Unnikrishnan C is on the verge of embarking on an international journey to Zug, Switzerland where he will get the opportunity to present his work to curators, directors of leading galleries, museums and auction houses, apart from noted art collectors from Switzerland and Germany. This 26-year old artist hails from the quaint little town of Pezhumpara in Kerala and belongs to a family of daily wage earners. The artist's parents used to work in the stone quarry. The transformation of the landscape around him forms the basis for his inspiration to make art. His exposure to stones and bricks created his interest in painting on bricks and stones at a very early stage.

His practice draws upon idiomatic cultural artifacts and hyperlocal textual references; such as visual metaphors culled from stories told by his grandmother. His works document events and images from rapidly changing surroundings. His signature Brickwall installation is a free-standing wall composed of more than 300 terracotta bricks on walls of his home on which he started painting while still at Art School, which later paved his way for the golden opportunity when curator Jitish Kallat showed his work at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2014. The “Brick Wall” was then shown at the Sharjah Biennale Foundation. In late 2015, it was exhibited at GallerySKE in Delhi from where it was acquired by the collectors Richard and Adrianne Blum. 

Moved by the depth in Unnikrishnan’s work and his passion to make art against the greatest odds, the Blums offered to support Unnikrishnan for two years to create a body of work which they could show at a solo exhibition in Zug. The exhibition which is made up of about 10 works includes paintings, installations, and video works.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artist’s works.