The idea of a Savior presupposes the existence of conditions that necessitate the purpose of the Savior. The historical and contemporary human exploitation is predicated on such a premise. Growing up in India, occupied by the saviors and now living in America, that has built the cities of the dreams at the cost of civilizations, Mitra questions the dubious justification of the word ‘Savior’ in its cultural, social, economic and religious context and how it is a tool for exploitation.
About The Artist
Rahul Mitra is an artist, writer, and a scientist born in Hyderabad, India, now living in Houston. Mitra uses visual language drawn from the media to the streets to interpret personal, socio-political dialogues exploring poverty, ennui, custom, love, strangeness, technology, and linguistics. His art is based on research of global cultural disparities that he extracts from the words and phrases from the current news media across the globe and transforms them into ‘pictographs’ based on the statistical analyses. His work has been shown in contemporary art Museums, galleries, art spaces and art fairs in USA, France, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Peru, Mexico, Turkey, and India. He was one of the selected artists at the First Printmaking Triennial of ULUS in Serbia and Texas Biennial, 2011; India Art Fair 2012; Lone Star Performance Biennial; Project Row Houses; TX Biennial 2011/2013; Portland Museum of Art Biennial 2013; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2014, Michelle Grabner’s Poor Farm, 2014; Queens Museum, New York; Museo De Arte Moderno, Trojillo, Peru; Houston Museum of African American Culture, 2016.
His social practice street and public art installation project, Box City, using thrown away cardboard in collaboration with children and people who are not in the mainstream culture, was installed in Paris (in collaboration with Centre Pompidou); Marseille, Berlin; Delhi; Houston; Wisconsin; Tulsa; and Illinois.
Saturday April 7th 6-8pm at the G Spot Gallery 310 East 9th StreetHouston, TX 77007
Image pictured – Particle Physics – courtesy of artist