Asia

Prabhakar Pachpute
Flies never infest an egg without cracks

Prabhakar Pachpute was born in 1986 and raised in Chandrapur (Maharashtra), India, a place known as ‘The City of Black Gold’, where his family has worked for three generations in one of the oldest mines in the country. Currently, he lives and works in Mumbai. He has done his Bachelors in Fine Arts from I.K.S.University, Khairagarh (Chhattisgarh) in 2009 and Masters from M. S. University Baroda (Gujrat) in 2011.

Prabhakar Pachpute’s (b. Chandrapur (Maharashtra), India, 1986) choice of media — coal — is a reference to the city in which he was raised, known as The City of Black Gold. Paying tribute to his family who worked in the coalmines Pachpute’s uses coal as an interrogation of hard labour and immigration. Moving from an exploration of drawing, sculpture and shadow installations, Pachpute’s work has recently tended towards context-based interventions and in-situ drawing. Through the occupation of space with a performative presence, Pachpute attempts to unravel the complexities of the contemporary social order and identity. The same theatricality and poetry can be found in his stop motion animation films, where the drawing process is enhanced as we watch the continuously built, erased and transformed images.