Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance , 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Madhusudhanan, The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance, 2014. Courtesy the artist

The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance is an ongoing project rooted in Madhusudhanan’s lifelong commitment to the practice of drawing and the art of cinema. His work is deeply embedded in the contribution of Marxism to artistic culture and the human race, describing Marxism as ‘the greatest wave in the history of thought. The ship of human life traveled up and down this wave’. The drawings are a solitary contemplation of this dream, amidst the tide of historical progress that has witnessed the rise of neoliberal capitalism following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Avoiding nostalgia, his work explores the intersection of world history and that of India, referencing the Bogeyman from Francisco Goya’s etchings series Los Capricos; the 1921 model Cheverolet car from Ritwik Ghatak’s film Ajantrik; montages from Eisenstein’s film Ivan the Terrible; and the pig, a symbol of greed and thirst for power in Buddhism. In his work, just like the lighthouse at his birthplace Kerala, light emerges out of darkness; the drawings are image fragments made visible by this sweeping light. As Madhusudhanan describes: ‘Light coming and going continuously, like memories, become visible in the present day darkness’.

Madhusudhanan is artist in residence during the entire Festival month, working on new large-scale charcoal drawings in the gallery.

On Fri 25 March, 4–6pm, Madhusudhanan presents a special event at the gallery, discussing his work and screening his short film Razor, Blood & Other Tales. More information here.

The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance
Madhusudhanan

FREE

Preview: Fri 26 Feb, 7–10pm

27 February – 27 March 2016 

Opening Times
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun 12–6pm, Thu 12–8pm, closed Mon

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