Featuring Savyasachi Anju Prabir in presentation of his work My Room as a Cosmopolis, written between Berlin and Goa during the early lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. Savyasachi is an Indian visual artist and writer living in Goa whose work touches on the relationship between national borders and collective memory, with reflections on the nuanced bodies that cross between borders: migratory birds, nomadic tribes, far flung cricket balls, that cross the contested border of India and Pakistan with resolve. Savyasachi gracefully blends his worlds of political history, the India-Pakistan conflict, a lockdown spent in an unknown Berlin and his grandmother’s oasis of culinary delights.
“The piece is a textual and visual exploration of identity and belonging rooted in India and growing beyond South Asia. The essay attempts to demystify concepts of post-coloniality through a reflexive and autoethnographic lens. The text works as a seamless interwoven body that traverses social and cultural scenarios by situating journal entries, culinary practice, film and arts practice within the academic framework. It begins with the intention of recreating a home lost in time and space, and then advances on questioning the very idea of it.”
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Savyasachi Anju Prabir holds a B.Cr.A in Film and Contemporary Arts Practice from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Muenster, Germany. At present, Savyasachi is a faculty in the Department of Film and Video Communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is keen on using text, sound and image to create multimodal works and bring a reflexive and collaborative methodology to academic and artistic practice. Drawing inspiration from the circadian rhythms of his environment, he wishes to arrive at new ways of artistic research and production. There is a pronounced overlap between his artistic practice and teaching methodology that he intends on carving and sculpting in the coming years.