Birender Yadav

Birender Yadav

artist bio

Birender Yadav is an artist from Dhanbad, currently based in New Delhi. He completed his MFA from College of Art, New Delhi (2015) and BFA from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (2013). He recently had his debut solo show Idhar Udhar (HERE-THERE) at Clark house Initiative, Mumbai in collaboration with 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore (2017). He has participated in a number of group shows like Western Ghats Eco walk 2017, SARA centre (2017), “Winding-Unwinding “, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2017), “Bengaluru-ILLI ALLI”, Open Studio, Shanthi Road Studio, Bangalore (2017), “Kala Setu” Art Residency, Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art, Orissa (2017), “India Art Fair”, presented by Amity Art Foundation, Delhi (2017), “Unexplored Spaces” at Arpana Fine Art Gallery, Delhi (2017), “National Art Camp”, World School of Design, Sonipat, Haryana (2016), “Unwinding”, Uttarayan Art Foundation, Gujarat (2015), “Khoj Peer Share”, Delhi (2015), etc. He has received many awards such as the Fine Art Award, Ministry of Culture, Delhi (2013-2015) and 2nd Award, Annual Art Exhibition at College of Art, Delhi (2015).

artist statement

My body of works are a reflection of my personal experiences and childhood memories embedded within me which triggers my thought process about the question of identity within the modern social context, the question of representation and politics of class difference, the issue and plights of the working class society and the nature of violence prevalent in our society.

I was raised and brought up in Dhanbad, one of the main centres for manufacturing coal in India used for cooking, a particular sort of coal important for steel production. Time and time again I am compelled to reflect on my identity of being the son of a labourer- a coal miner from Dhanbad. The struggles and plights faced by illiterate labourers has been a lived experience for me. My works reflect the appalling conditions faced by these workers.

Coming from a small village to the metropolitan city in New Delhi for my higher studies, I was influenced by the constructions and growing urbanisation. I was taken aback by the irony of how modern structures and buildings are constructed for the comfort of the masses, but the actual workers are forgotten. My own experiences allow me to lend an empathetic eye towards these ‘unnoticed masses’, and provide viewers with a vantage point to the narratives of their stories of survival against all odds.

Although being academically trained as a painter, I have worked with different mediums and materials which helped me to explore the physicality of toil, the painstaking task of a labourer. I wish to explore different media and materials to delve deeper into my visual language and identity. I pick proverbs, colloquial words (local word), slangs or terms easily conversable and understandable by common people as a starting point for my work. I research on how there has been a shift in perception of these words in the contemporary context. I collect views of common people in the form of writing, audio and video documentation. After gathering a lot of information, I think of different ways of presentation in my studio. I have produced paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, found objects, manmade objects and other innovative methods of depicting a single concept. I stay open minded in terms of selecting materials for execution.

Birender Yadav