For Thiruvananthapuram-based Ratheesh T, the surface of the painting is a space of observation and reflection. Inspired by the scenes from his everyday life, Ratheesh’s artistic trajectory has been a continuous process of negotiating his evolving relationship with the outer world. In this conversation, Ratheesh speaks to curator and writer Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi about the transitions and inspirations behind his art practice, his comparatively less spoken journey with Break and Hip-hop dance forms and the specific works he is showing as part of the ongoing exhibition Dark Terrain at the gallery.
We are very proud to announce that our gallery artist – Ratheesh T. is one of the five Indian artists whose works will be showcased at ‘Sangam/Confluence’. He splits his time between Thiruvananthapuram, where his studio is located, and an old family home in Kilimanoor. Growing up in a Dalit Colony, Ratheesh has developed a unique artistic language rooted in his immediate sociality; his paintings primarily draw inspiration from everyday life and ordinary people.
Video via Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre