Roshan Chhabria

Roshan’s practice has its root directly or indirectly in his life and his experiences of being born and brought up in a middle-class Sindhi family. Confronted with constant expectations, personal and familiar aspirations, sensibilities and concerns that are inbuilt in his ways of thinking as well, the time he spent in the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda brought Roshan face to face with the dilemma of being part of both a conservative middle-class social structure as well as the progressive and liberal environment of an art school. Stemming from this, over the past few years, ‘middle-class’ has become an adjective for Roshan’s process, and his choice of mediums and forms; observed through ‘middle-class eyes’ and working around a kitschy and borderline garish sensibility to portray the subject. Humour and double meanings are inherent, but most often the light-hearted portrayal is laced with the constant reservation and doubt Roshan has about his own life decisions. The use of text both found and written by him, as well as the utilization of a ‘peculiar’ and questionable aesthetic also becomes a route to question the notion of the ‘good’; ‘misspellings and inconsistent conjugation’ positioning Roshan right at the knife’s edge between two worlds
Roshan lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

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