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The staggering rate of technological progress in the 21st century has improved our lives and made many things possible. However, it has also pushed humankind into a “virtual” world where people pay more attention to screens rather than observing their environment or being alert during interactions with other people. Social media has started controlling and certifying our very lives. Increasingly, people are losing the art of understanding social cues and comprehending nonverbal communication. It is this situation of increasing human isolation that has inspired Akash’s work at the festival.
This installation contains hidden messages using lettering that forms a complete sentence only when viewed from a certain angle (anamorphic typography). Akash attempts to free people’s minds from a virtual prison by challenging them to explore the “real” space. For the messages, Akash is working in collaboration with Jose Lourenco, who has compiled texts from ancient Konkani proverbs.
Akash Raj Halankar is a visual artist and a graphic designer who likes to decode complex information and make it comprehensible and visually engaging. He ventured into the field of fine art at the young age of four and since then his rendezvous with strokes, colors and expression began. A gold medalist graduate from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai and a Masters in Graphic Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Akash’s work tries to blur the line between art and design. He is a type enthusiast and an avid illustrator whose projects range from simple sketches to grand spatial art.
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