Stuart Hall Library
1 November 2022
Free, booking required
As part of our current exhibition Village Letters, iniva’s curator Beatriz Lobo will lead a reading circle with excerpts from Prafulla Mohanti’s books.Village Letters is a solo exhibition of works by Prafulla Mohanti. The exhibition includes drawings that have never been shown before, next to the artist’s emblematic paintings and textiles. Village Letters focuses on all six Prafulla’s published books: My Village, My Life: Portrait of an Indian Village (1974), Indian village tales (1975), Through Brown Eyes (1985), Changing Village, Changing Life (1990), Longing: Poems (2004) and Shunya: Prafulla Mohanti, Paintings (2012), and reflects on the artist’s fundamental relationship with his village. The Reading Circle will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the artist, his practice and his village, while diving into the socio-political perspectives shared in his books. The texts will be sent in advance for accessibility purpose but there is no need to read them beforehand as they will be read and discussed collectively during the session. It is free to attend this event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
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About the artist
Prafulla Mohanti (b. India, 1936) was born and brought up in the village of Nanpur (Orissa), and moved to England in 1960 after graduating as an architect in Bombay. In 1964 he gained a diploma in town planning at Leeds where in the same year his first solo exhibition of paintings was held. He worked as an architect-planner for the Greater London Council (1965 to 1969) but gave this up to devote himself to painting and writing. His paintings have been exhibited all over the world and are in several private and public collections including the British Museum-London, the Gallery of Modern Art, The Hepworth Wakefield, and ICCR- New Delhi.