GENETIC DISORDER, SOCIAL MALADIES
Anant Art Gallery, 2009
Catalogue essay: Deeksha Nath
Piyali’s work is hard to define, straddling both fantasy and nonsense, for the works are the stuff nonsense is made of. But it is fantasy in the rich tradition of moral-based story-telling. So it is perhaps more appropriate to use the term folk-lore. For these fables are drawn from reality, from the tale of folks. But this reality is so impossible to fathom that it is made palatable in the form of nonsense and language of absurdity. This is Piyali’s world where nonsense masquerades as functioning systems and viable relationships.
(excerpt from the catalogue essay ’Of swine, hounds and men: A fairy story’ by Deeksha Nath)