pencil, turmeric, alcohol
11” X 9”
Estimate $1,250 framed
Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Oliver Husain’s projects often begin with a fragment of history, a rumour, a personal encounter, or a distant memory. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual pleasures—such as dance, puppetry, costume, special effects—to animate his research and fold the viewers into complex narrative set-ups. This drawing is coloured with a yellow ink made from turmeric diluted in Isopropyl alcohol. The turmeric is grown on his cousin's farm in Chhachhrauli, Haryana, India. The farmer’s protest in the region (Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh) has been ongoing and is one of the largest civil protest movements in history. An estimated 300,000 farmers are protesting three government bills, which are anti-farmer and pro-corporation. The Indian government led by the right-wing BJP is systematically trying to silence critics and dissidents. Husain recent solo exhibitions have been held at Gallery TPW (Toronto), Western Front (Vancouver). In 2017, his work was shown at Berlinale Filmfestival forum Expanded and Kunstverein Nuremberg.