Anant Art Gallery, 2006
Catalogue Essay: Ranjit Hoskote, Manoj Nair
I was very particular about the imagery I was choosing. I wanted the images to encapsulate my thoughts. I am conscious about that. When you take a position as an artist then you have a social responsibility. It is not important that I express my personal sentiments but it is more important that what I say is wider and broader. My works should connect with the people - people who share the same feelings or are going through the same trauma. And it is not just about my works, art should be about the feelings of the people....so when I began working, I deliberately chose images that were common place. Everybody, including myself, see them. And I chose that imagery because people could relate to it. It had to be a social representation.
(excerpt from the conversation between Sumedh Rajendran and Manoj Nair)