Vidha Saumya (b. 1984, Patna) is a Helsinki based artist-poet whose body of works - drawings, murals, books, poems, sculptures, embroidered textiles - are wry and warm in their politics and kaleidoscopic in their aesthetics. The concept of (Home)land is at the core of her praxis. She is the co-founder and co-editor of NO NIIN - an online monthly magazine in Finland, and a founding member of the Museum of Impossible Forms - a cultural para-institution in Kontula, Finland. She holds a MA from the Aalto University; a BFA from the Sir J. J. School of Art; and a Diploma from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
Medium: ball-point pen on paper
Size: 21 x 25 cm (each) / series of 28 drawings,
Gunpowder is a series of 28 drawings on paper made with a ballpoint pen that questions norms, taboos, and boundaries. Picking references from a surplus of libidinous images that flood the market and infiltrate people's minds in the age of Globalization, the drawings in Gunpowder shift our gaze to figures and backdrops based on observation: hours spent in hospitals and travelling back and forth between India and Finland. They broaden the concept of identifying with the desires and absurdities of others.