A middle-class setup is home to a multitude of stories—politics of space crunch, aspirations, limited income, affordability and the desire to decorate the space by buying inexpensive items. Abir Karmakar’s paintings look for meaning in everyday life. Through the minute details of objects like cupboards, television sets or kitchen utensils painted on canvas in oil, the artist takes us to the private interiors of strangers. He uses the studio photography technique for his large-size paintings that take us into a post-truth world where reality and fiction merge. This idea of observing micro-level objects and their significance comes from his personal experience of migration. Karmakar’s work was showcased at the Serendipity Arts Festival, 2022 as part of Sudarshan Shetty's curation, 'Who is Asleep Who is Awake'.
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