Kavinash Thomoo, Rest in Place
Confinement during the pandemic has ushered individuals into a deeper understanding and appreciation of their former freedom to negotiate public and private spaces. By placing an often taken-for-granted domestic object -the pillow- in spaces outside the home, the artist highlights how confinement can bring about awareness that the home’s comfort can become stifling and even oppressive. This hiatus in our everydayness heavily relies on the media and governmental authorities to convey information that bridges the gap between the private space of isolation and a defamiliarised external world.
Conceptual Photography (Digital Prints) Triptych 21cm x 29cm each
KavinashThomoo, a Mauritian artist (born 1983), holds a BA (Hons.) Fine Art from the University of Mauritius and obtained a scholarship for his MA Fine Art from Cambridge School of Art (ARU, UK). He has more than ten years of teaching experience in the field of Art and Design in the secondary school education system and also works as part-time lecturer at the School of Fine Arts, MGI/University of Mauritius, the Fashion and Design Institute, University of Technology and the Mauritius Institute of Education. Kavinash has a record of over 50 participations in local and international (England, France, Seychelles, South Africa, Reunion, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ivory Coast, Thailand, Saudi Arabia…) art exhibitions.
In 2015, he participated in the prestigious 56th Venice Biennale in Italy. His research and experimentation interests revolve around themes such as social activism and auto-destructive art. His expertise ranges across traditional media like drawing and painting to new media art (installation, photography, and video). His training at the Cambridge School of Art has been instrumental in making his approach even more experimental in his last artworks which then have been greatly concerned with translation of ideas through media such as video art and digital art. Inspiration for a majority of his works stems from self-reflexivity, human psychology and sociopolitical issues.