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from The Logic of Disappearance – A Marx Archive, and Penal Colony

K.M. Madhusudhanan


The first three drawings are selections from ‘The Logic of Disappearance – A Marx Archive’ (charcoal, 25 x 16″ each, 2014–).
The subsequent drawings are from ‘Penal Colony’ (charcoal, 20 x 29″ each, 2015–).
Images courtesy the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.



Madhusudhanan is an artist and filmmaker from Alappuzha, Kerala, whose artistic practice is deeply concerned with war, colonisation, and man-made borders. His works include a silent film titled History is a Silent Film (2006) and the National Award winning feature Bioscope (2008). His work was shown at the 2014 Venice Biennale and the 2014-15 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The series of drawings titled ‘Penal Colony’ is based on the Wagon Tragedy, a massacre perpetrated in late colonial Kerala, and has as its backdrop Franz Kafka’s story ‘In the Penal Colony’.