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Flexing Muscles brings together an essay in Kannada and English by Ravikumar Kashi reflecting on his observations of the medium, format, and content of the flex banners increasingly found across the state of Karnataka. These banners represent the vast number of sene (armies) that have been surfacing — founded in the name of language, caste/community, and even film stars, these sene are announced and re-imagined through the digitally produced banners. Illustrated with photographs collected by the artist over six years, the essay locates in these banners a portrait of the changing city of Bangalore.
About Ravikumar Kashi:
Ravikumar Kashi is an artist who works across painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. At the core of his practice is an interest in exploring the mechanics of meaning making. Kashi completed his B.F.A. from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore; his M.F.A. from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda; and also holds an M.A. in English from Mysore University. In addition to his practice, he teaches, lectures, and writes on visual culture. His book in Kannada titled Kannele (Akshara Prakashana, 2012) has received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award.
Editors: Nihaal Faizal and Sarasija Subramanian Copy Editor (English): Niyati Malhotra
Copy Editor (Kannada): Prabha Kambattalli Design: Roshan Shakeel
152 pages, four colour offset, soft cover – varnished with
spot gloss UV, section sewn, and perfect bound. Dimensions: 155 x 210 x 10 mm