Art

The triumph of labour

    The Triumph of Labour statue created by Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury on the Marina. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    The defunct museum at the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    C.P. Krishnapriya, who curated the work of students from three colleges in south India at the Students' Biennale. Photo: Ponraj Kumar
    The Government College of Fine Arts with the “school of arts” brick in the foreground. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    Group of carpenters at work, Madras, 1870. Photo: British Online Library
    Group of domestic servants at Madras in Tamil Nadu, 1870. Photo: British Online Library
    Re-click: Group of carpenters. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    Re-click: Group of domestic servants. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    Portrait of a seated girl wearing jewellery, Madras in Tamil Nadu, 1872. Photo: British Online Library
    Re-click: Portrait of a seated girl wearing jewellery. Photo: M. Sinduja
    Gentoo dancing girls of Madras displaying jewellery, 1870. Photo: British Online Library
    Re-click: Dancing girls displaying jewellery. Photo: A. Sandhiya
    Jewellery worn by weavers of Madras, 1870. Photo: British Online Library
    Re-click: Jewellery worn by weavers. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    “Triumph of Labour-reimagined”, oil and acrylic painting. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    Another interpretation of the Triumph of Labour statue. Photo: K. Narendran
    “Mother accounted”, M. Sinduja’s work features a dosa pan her mother used. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    A joint work titled “Labouring women” is a Kalamkari saree with natural pigments on cloth. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    At the Students’ Biennale in Kochi. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    In an artists book series titled “Lives: Workers and Work”, a series of drawings and paintings bring out the various aspects of labour that go into the creation of a work of art as well as life; shown here, railway track cleaners. Photo: A. Kameshwaran
    In an artists book series titled “Lives: Workers and Work”, a series of drawings and paintings bring out the various aspects of labour that go into the creation of a work of art as well as life; shown here, weavers. Photo: P. Ranjith Kumar
    A womb within a bearing, a woodcarving by K. Deepika, who hails from a family of woodworkers. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    A bust of Revathy, a railway track cleaner at the Central station in Chennai. Photo: K. Padmapriya
    Students documented the work of bronze sculptors in workshops in Swamimalai, near Kumbakonam, in a video titled “Pattarai within pattarai, play within work”. Photo: G. Ranjitha
    Students documented the work of bronze sculptors in workshops in Swamimalai, near Kumbakonam, in a video titled “Pattarai within pattarai, play within work”. Photo: Ranjitha G.
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