'The Portrait of melancholy' by Nachiket Prakash
Edition of 15
15 × 19 inches, framed
Print on archival paper
About the artwork
"Light fills the air, and traces of wayward thoughts wander through, slipping between the past and the future. The body offers up hope, nature can redeem us all. And this will not be an act of violence perpetrated on me, it will be the perfectly natural result of all that I have lived through.
I am trying to play the role of a dystopian witness who brings his subconscious to the table to serve melancholic characters and use them as symbols of expression."
About the artist
Nachiket Prakash, is an artist, art educator and curator in Pune. Since earning a Bachelors in Drawing and Painting from the Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Fine Arts in the year 2013, he has been actively working in the field of art education as a curator and an installation artist. He was a co-curator and coordinator for Pune Biennale Foundation for the year 2017. Nachiket curated Prakalp Pune, an exhibition at TIFA Working Studios in 2019. He’s a fellow of ArtThink South Asia (ATSA)- Arts Manager program, Pune chapter. He is visiting faculty at Flame University, as well as at MIT School of Fine Arts, Pune.
Over the past few years, he has conducted, designed and organised several programs, exhibitions, and workshops and camps for artists in and around the city. From 2017-19 he curated and was an art manager of Zaga Studio in Pune. Nachiket’s focus on remains on enriching and nurturing conversations and engagement with art in the city. “Since childhood, I have resisted giving credence to popular beliefs about art. Through my art, I want to offer my audience a view into this unique gaze. I would recommend viewers approach my work impersonally, the works are an objective engagement with the world at large.”