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VARUNIKA SARAF

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Hyderabad-based Varunika Saraf, 39, has a PhD from JNU, and it shows. A manuscript interpreti­ng apocalypti­c events in 16th century Germany is adapted to depict dire omens in 21st century India. Caput Mortuum, a rust-red pigment associated with mummies and alchemy becomes the base for a deceptivel­y tranquil series about state violence. Her work makes subtle, captivatin­g use of the art historical archive while being political.

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