Family Audio Guide Stop #30: Abir Karmakar
Abir Karmakar is an artist from India. Many of his paintings show detailed images of spaces inside homes. The artwork included as part of the Triennial is a series of six canvases titled Passage. What kind of objects or furniture do you see? Is there anything that looks familiar to you, or something that you have in your own home? Items like TVs, toys, and framed photographs give us a sense of everyday family life. Can you guess who may have lived here?
Karmakar was inspired by a nineteenth-century home on Governors Island in New York City that was originally built to house U.S. military officers and their families. Here, the artist adds imagery from Indian culture, such as deities. When we look at these life-size paintings, it is almost as if we can travel to a new place in a different time and space. The paintings let us travel between reality and imagination.