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‘Your own loudspeaker’

Five images by S. Vijayaraghavan

Through his artwork, S. Vijayraghavan is determined to exploit the potential of socio-political, personal and emotional expressions developed with the help of his personal politics and consciousness. His drawings and mixed media artworks evolve through a process that has immense complexity, combines subversive expressions while juxtaposing the realm of linear sensibilities that help an artist to produce abbreviated expressions with the reality of the mundane experiences of human life. He tries to articulate these experiences in an implicit, allegorical and symbolic way. The notion of these activities and the varied interrelated images and objects help him develop a visual conversation which acts as a vehicle for the many dichotomies of rhetoric. This rhetoric is often expressed in the following binary terms: purity and kitsch, noise and melody etc.

‘Black Promises’, water colour on paper, 4.3 feet x 2.3 feet, 2006/ Text on the image translates as “Your own loudspeaker”


‘Existence’, water colour and mixed media on paper, 22 inches x 32 inches, 2006


‘LOC’, diptych water color and photographs on board, 9 cms x 63 cms, 2006


‘Panic Field’, oil on canvas, 7 feet x 3.5 feet, 2006 – 2007


‘Balance’, water colour on paper, 42 cms x 29 cms, 2008


Born in Madurai, India, in 1981, S. Vijayaraghavan is a visual artist, video artist, painter and photographer. He holds an MFA in painting from the College of Art in New Delhi and has also participated in an advanced studio art program at the Berlin Art Institute, Berlin. He has had major exhibitions and has participated in various shows and biennials internationally, and across the country. Some notable exhibitions were held at the Lily Agius Gallery, Malta, CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK, Casablanca International Video Art Festival, Casablanca 25thand 28th Nomadic Festival Les Instants Vidéo, France, 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, Espaco de Art’es Multimedia Performance and Alliance Franchise de Coimbra in Portugal; Sarai Reader ‘09 curated by the Raqs Media Collective in collaboration with Devi Art Foundation and Sarai CSDS and supported by the Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi. He currently lives and works in India. He can be contacted at; and +91-9100774769. For more information visit his website.