Surajit Mudi

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A lot of the work that I am doing presently involves process-based learning.is going through process-based learning resulting in the use of not so conventional materials.an unconventional material. Interdisciplinary practice was a learning experience and I started to work with the photo development process. A dark room was essential to this process. It was not possible to convert a large space into a darkroom.  So I converted the space under the bed to a darkroom.  I covered the  bed with a black cloth to restrict any source of light inside.  So, the space under the bed became my studio and I started with this process.

Last year, I learned a process called charcoal casting which is an alternative photo-printing process of the 19th century. It uses colour pigment but I am using charcoal here as the pigment. When the image is exposed, the particles of charcoal come together and take the shape of the cast. This transformation quickly became an area of interest. 

I am using my personal photo archive as my subjects. I am trying to give these fragile memories another expression as its reacts in its own way.  I am overlapping this information on the images thus enabling a data shifting process.

Surajit's Studio

Blocking
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Images
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Darkroom
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Exposure
Developing
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Open The Toolkit

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Pinhole Camera

Works

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x ray film- exp- 4 mint(low light)

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charcoal cast on paper(gum dichromate)

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What are you going to take forward from this make-shift studio practice experience?

"The global pandemic has affected the availability of resources hence there is an urgent need for an alternative practice. With the unavailability of the academic studio this ‘make-shift’ studio below the bed played an important role in exposing the photographs in Ultraviolet-light to foster my art practice.

The hands on experience of making a camera will be useful in my future practices and I am looking forward to work with the idea of “Camera Obscura”. I want to continue researching on the different photo printing processes and deal with its intricacies. I want to look at alternative processes too and built a suitable set-up with necessary materials for my future endeavours."

Surajit Mudi, MFA ( Painting ), 1st Year

surajitmudi22@gmail.com