'Shillim' by Prathima Muniyappa

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Edition of 10

37 x 24 inches Framed

Mixed media collage printed on archival paper

About the artist

Prathima is a designer, artist and conservator in the space enabled research group at MIT Media Lab,  Massachusetts. Her PhD thesis focuses on enabling agency and self representation for indigenous people in  the conservation of indigenous knowledge. Her research investigates alternative cosmologies for their  potential to contribute to the emerging discourse on techno-imaginaries in the realm of space exploration,  synthetic biology and extended intelligence.

Prathima’s work (exhibited here) explores the myths of the cosmos, studying ancient wisdom about  cosmology, learning from tribes across the world, whether it's in the Lichnananthay people of the Chilean  Atacama or the Maasai of Kenya. She is learning from the incredible Khasi community in Meghalaya whose  practice of building living root bridges provokes us to imagine alternative ways to conceive of architecture,  as structures that are grown rather than built or assembled. She is moved by the interconnectedness of all  living matter and this theme is deeply embedded in her work.

Prior to MIT, she has completed her masters in Design Studies in Critical Conservation at The Graduate  School of Design, Harvard, under a Full Bright Scholarship. She also holds a B-Des from National Institute of  Design, India, and is a Young India Fellow 2013-14