FIXER - ARTISTS
Anamorphosis – Notes from Palestine, will represent Praneet Soi's first solo exhibition in the UK. I met the Amsterdam based Indian artist in Palestine a few months ago, through my friend Sofie, a fellow fixer. I did not understand the style of work Praneet wanted to create. His enthusiasm and professionalism however inspired me to learn about anamorphosis, a new art technique to me.
Commissioned by The Mosaic Rooms in London to create a new body of work of paintings and drawings informed by his trips to Palestine. And on our way to Akka (Acre) from Ramallah, Praneet explained to me how he uses anamorphosis in his art. How he combines his collection of notes and drawings, research and archival imagery with his sketches and drawings to create an exhibition of paintings, video and sound work.
Most impressive was Praneet's adventurous spirit in braving the jump off the walls of Acre into the turquoise Meditteranean sea.
Praneet Soi was born in Kolkata, West Bengal, india in 1971. Following studies in India and the USA, Soi moved to the Netherlands in 2002, and divides his time between Amsterdam and Kolkata.
His work is internationally recognised for his explorations of socio-political nuances and media representations. His practice incorporates traditional methods of miniature painting and sculpture, as well as time-based media such as video and sound.
Recent solo exhibitions include Third Factory-From Kashmir to Lisbon via Caldas, at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon in 2018, Notes on Labour at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai in 2017 and Srinagar at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven in 2016.
Recent group exhibitions include Blackout at IFFR 2019 in Kunsthal Rotterdam, the touring exhibition A Beast, a God and a Line at the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh, Para Site, Hong Kong in 2018.