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Saving Face!

Saving Face!

Wood & silver

Courtesy the Frank Cohen Collection


Tallur L N grew up in the Indian countryside and his visual language derives from this. He uses cultural identifiers such as traditional woodcarving and metal work to represent rural life in India, but there is something unsettling about his work that captures an anxiousness that characterises contemporary society.

His work is about the absurdities of daily life. He considers the hand made quality of village utensils, rather than manufacturing, an important influence on the way in which he fashions his sculpture. Tallur uses this distinction deliberately as part of his visual language encapsulated in his sculpture and installations that contain many references to traditional Indian symbols.

Tallur L N

The artist grew up in rural India and the first time he left the country was in 1999. He now divides his time between India and South Korea and completed an MFA in Leeds. He had had solo shows in Delhi, South Korea, China and New York. He was recently included in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and in The Empire Strikes Back at the Saatchi Gallery. In 2012 he won the Skoda Art Prize

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