Anjan Modak - Fragmented Life

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two drawings of animals with different colors and sizes, one in the shape of a long tail
ANJAN MODAK (b. 1982) The Mughal Wall Watercolour on acid free paper 10.5 X 58 in. (26.7 x 147 cm.) overall 2017, Kolkata Signed in English (lower right)
a drawing of a man with many circles on his head and hands in front of him
ANJAN MODAK(b. 1982) Page from Injustice II Watercolour and archival ink on paper 16.5 x 11 in. (42 x 28 cm.) 2021, Kolkata Signed in English (lower right)
a drawing of a person hanging from a tree with their feet in the air and another hand reaching for something
ANJAN MODAK (b. 1982) Another Nature III Watercolour on paper 29.5 x 22 in. (75 x 55 cm.) 2013, Kolkata Signed in English (lower right)
a black and white drawing of a person holding a jug on his shoulder with one hand
ANJAN MODAK (b. 1982) Daily Observation IV Archival ink on paper 4 x 3 in. (10 x 7.5 cm.) 2021, Kolkata Signed in English (lower right)
a drawing of a person holding something in their hands while sitting on the ground with sticks sticking out of it
ANJAN MODAK (b.1982) Life Under the Yellow Eye I Watercolour, charcoal and graphite and cotton fabric (gamchha) on paper 29.52 x 21.65 in. (75 x 55 cm.) 2021, Kolkata Signed in English (lower right) Internal record: The fabric is a gamchcha, typically used in Bengal. The one used by the artist is a labourer's gamchha
a drawing of a man falling off his back
Another nature I
The severed branches of the tree resemble the severed arteries. The pain is clearly expressed in the gesture of the falling man. Like Anjan’s many paintings, this painting also shows his mastery in using visual tropes to capture the poetics of the everyday experiences Anjan Modak’s compilation of artworks Fragmented Life | খন্ডিত জীবন online exhibition is live on our website till August 31.
this is an image of a painting with people on it
The piece of wounded land
In many of his paintings, Anjan has painted the different aspects of the life of the construction labourers. It is one of them, showing how an arid, undulated landscape is being transformed into a crowded urban locality. Anjan Modak’s compilation of artworks Fragmented Life | খন্ডিত জীবন online exhibition is live on our website till August 31.
a drawing of a person bending over on a bed
Fragmented life 8
The painting showing a woman with a face mask is about the plight of the migrant workers in the time of lockdown and pandemic. What attracts our eyes is Anjan’s detailed, meticulous use of watercolour, which gives his painting a remarkable clarity of expression. Anjan Modak’s compilation of artworks Fragmented Life | খন্ডিত জীবন online exhibition is live on our website till August 31.
a drawing of a man sitting on the ground with his hands up in front of him
Exile in the Construction
The life of the construction workers is one of the recurrent themes of Anjan’s works. He does not represent their physical toils, glorifying their laborious life but their complex psychological cosmos, marked by the sense of subordination, anxiety, insecurity and uncertainty. Anjan Modak’s compilation of artworks Fragmented Life | খন্ডিত জীবন online exhibition is live on our website till August 31.
a drawing of a woman holding a bird
Dream of Reality - 1
This is another brilliant painting by Anjan Modak. It shows a surrealistic depiction of the terrible realities experienced by the migrant labourers in the times of pandemic and lockdown. The underlying force of this dream image is hunger, understood not just as the unavailability of food, but as an acute painful sensation closely linked to the body, sexuality and unconscious. Anjan Modak’s compilation of artworks Fragmented Life | খন্ডিত জীবন online exhibition is live on our website till Aug 31.
a drawing of two people on a tree branch with clouds in the sky behind them
In Search of a Safe Habitat
To find a liveable house for rent in a safe locality is always a challenge for the migrant workers in a new big city. Anjan himself is familiar with this situation. “I live on rent. Every eleven months, I need to pack up my bags and shift base. My world is constantly on the move - clothes, utensils, furniture. Under my feet, is a broken piece of concrete debris floor”, he says in an interview. Anjan Modak’s artworks Fragmented Life online exhibition is live on our website till Aug 31.
a painting of a person sitting on the ground with a bucket of popcorn over their head
Fragmented Life 1
A bagful of tiny houses can be seen in many of Anjan Modak’s paintings, indicating the emotional experiences of the migrant workers, who move from place to place, from one city to another to find a job. They carry with them the memories of the houses and places they once lived. This painting is particularly related to the painful journey of the migrant workers during the lockdown. The image of Roti used as the background signifies the livelihood, the basic needs of an individual to survive.
a drawing of a man flying through the air while holding onto a string with his hands
Uncertain Journey
The painting of a construction worker hanging on a rope shows no dramatic moment of tightrope walking but the everyday risk and fragility of the migrant worker’s life. Anjan Modak’s compilation of artworks Fragmented Life | খন্ডিত জীবন online exhibition is live on our website till August 31.