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Jithin Lal, Cripple Hero, 2017, indian ink on paper 83 X 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Jithin Lal, Untitled, 2017, 83 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Jithin Lal, Wounds and Stars, 2017, indian ink, wash on paper, 335 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Jithin Lal, That forest shore 2, 2017. Charcoal, wash on paper, 84 x 51 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Jithin Lal’s paintings and drawings engage with the difficulties of representing complexity visually, often focusing on the representation of oppressed and marginalised communities in his native India. Through material investigation, he engages with his direct surroundings, examining how societal structures impact upon ideas, identities and aesthetics.

While on residency at Gasworks Jithin will undertake research on the British black arts movement and the BLK Art Group, continuing his examination of underrepresentation and marginalisation in art and society in a new context. Based on this research, he will produce a new series of drawings, imaging new and hybrid forms of representation that push back against established value systems.

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Jithin Lal is from Kerala, and is now based in Vadodara, India. He completed his MVA in painting in 2013 at MSU Baroda. Recent exhibitions include: A Dark Place in the Sun, 2017 at Knots, Vadodara, Lalithkala Academy Regional Exhibition, 2014, Chennai Lalithkala Regional Centre, and Resist, Re -interpret, Re-construct, Re-contextualise, 2014, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, MSU, Baroda.

Jithin Lal's residency is supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.