WE catch up with Shibu Arakkal, fresh from winning the gold at the Florence Biennale and a curated exhibition of his work at the Mahua Art Gallery.
The journey thus far.
Over 20 years, I have compiled about 11 series. There is no governing style but I always use a lot of symmetry, mirroring, layering and multiplying.
“Constructing Life” at the Florence Biennale.
It is a very strong, raw picture of a woman I found startlingly beautiful. I wanted to bring out with the series, and this piece in particular is that sophistication, civilisation and beauty are not restricted to upper stratas of society. I carried the 8 feet by 6 feet piece and weighing 17 kgs all the way and displayed it in Photography category. The jury decided to elevate it to the Digital Art category and I didn’t even know that happened till the prize was announced!
When did the shutterbug bite?
I accidentally fell into it when a friend of mine asked me to do profile shots of her while I was studying fashion.
Building custom bikes
The award winning piece starts at Rs 1.25 lakh per edition. At his studio in Whitefield. Details: 9845006846