Sunoj D. is currently living and working in Bangalore, India.
In his work, Sunoj D articulates concerns regarding natural and geographic environment in relation to his own personal and social history. Through these personal statements he raises concerns about the cultural, social, political environment within which he lives and works.
During his residency Sunoj D. intends to explore the connections and influences between food and nature, the impact of colonisation on Indian food crops and their value in today's urban lifestyle.
Sunoj D's residency is the last in a three-year partnership between Gasworks and the Natural History Museum (NHM), London, which seeks to activate the collections of the Museum through the work of contemporary artists from China (2010), Australia (2011) and India (2012). Work produced during his residency will go on to be displayed in the Images of Nature Gallery, within the NHM. The previous artists awarded this residency are Daniel Boyd (Australia) and Hu Yun (China).
Contribute a plant pot to be part of Sunoj D.'s participatory sculpture at the NHM
Sunoj D. would like people to contribute flower or plant pots that will become part of his installation 'Remains of the Soil from the Land where the Sun never sets', installed in the Images of Nature Gallery at the NHM in early 2013.
The used pot can be for indoor or outdoor use and made from any material. Your name will be added to a list of donors, which will be etched onto a copper plate that is part of the installation.
Why plant pots? These pots are an urban object through which humans connect to the soil and nature. In a museum context everything is frozen and lifeless. These pots play a similar role: they once contained living soil and a plant, but both are now absent. Gathering information about the plants that used to grow in these pots can indicate contemporary trade routes and distributions of plants across the globe.
If you wish to donate a pot, then please bring it to Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH during events or office hours, with a note that answers the following questions:
What plant was in the pot (if you know):
How old is the pot (if you know):
More on Sunoj. D
Sunoj D.'s recent solo exhibitions include Between Land and Sky, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, UK (2009), Sunoj D - not dead since 1979, Gallery SKE, Bangalore, India (2005), and Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Gallery, Cochin, India (2002).
The artist has also participated in a number of group exhibitions, including Census of Sense, curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, Exhibit320, New Delhi, India (2011) Route/Root, the Guild Art Galery, Mumbai, India (2011), Lost in an Urban Maze, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India (2009), A New Vanguard, Saffronart and the Guild Art Gallery, New York, US (2009), and House of Mirrors, curated by Deeksha Nath Grosvenor Art Gallery, London, UK (2007).
This residency is developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum, London. The residency and subsequent exhibition is supported by the Arts Council England and the Natural History Museum.