Works of Prajakta Potnis

“ If the world is to contain a public space, it cannot be erected for one generation and planned for the living only; it must transcend the life-span of mortal men.”⁣

― Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition⁣

Prajakta Potnis explores the transgression of public and private systems through her captivating art practice. These are systems which affect the private and public realms of the human population in tangible and intangible ways. Her series of artworks creates an osmosis of public and private blurring the clear demarcation between them. ⁣

There are many policies that raise awareness through a nexus of public systems to influence private households. The individuals in the domestic units then respond to these public policies. Prajakta Potnis creates a silent narrative of this transgression through her photographs. She experiments with everyday objects of public and private realms deeply familiar with human experiences. She contains them in cabinets of domestic appliances eg. freezer and washing machines.⁣

She frames her photographs with objects and props that are designed and built by her. She also installs the miniature lights within the contained spaces herself. These cabinets create spaces of dystopia forging an imagined landscape, transforming domestic sites into spaces that could be public. Through her own process she forges a connection between public and private. ⁣

Prajakta Potnis is a Mumbai-based visual artist. She is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with painting, photography, installation and sculpture. Her works are currently part of a group show on Mash India. Her work has been associated with Serendipity Arts Festival, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Sharjah Art Foundation, Gwangju Biennale, Queens Museum, Kochi Muziris Biennale, Chemould Art Gallery, Kadist Art Foundation, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Project 88, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Experimenter, and Em Gallery. She received the Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography, and Inlaks Fine Arts Award.⁣

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