SHIELA SAMSURI






The invisible line of social privileges explored by extracting the colours of water through Winogradsky column.

2020

Q.01

What colour is your water?


Winogradsky columns, archival print



BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES draws upon the interactions of bacterial communities in a particular environment that interact with each other to sustain life. Each environment is varied in its type of water, ranging from the drain, the ground, the rain and the sorts of bottled water we buy, from Spritzer to Evian. This variation of water represents our layers of social strata and privileges, especially ones we have all gone through as a community during this pandemic.




HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE
The inbuilt struggles of a normal human being spoken through the lens of a mosquito, a bunch of flowers and a cloud.

2023

Q.02 

Does mosquito enjoy biting humans?


Graphite on paper



Little is known about the deep conundrums faced by a bloodsucking mosquito, a bunch of blossoming flowers and a bloated cloud, until now…

Here, in HOW I WONDER WHAT YOUR ARE, we peer into these inbuilt struggles of a mosquito, bunch of flowers and a cloud - offering them with strategic solutions and ambiguous approaches applicable towards their lives.





9 TARS & 99 REMNANTS
Classification of human elements in the ordered arrangement of periodic table stripped down into rows and columns because it is hard to understand otherwise.

2019

Q.03 

How can we comprehend the essence of what makes us human?


Tarmac,acrylic,archival print



There was a time, devoid of words, human drew on walls their ideas of heaven and hell, what is seen and felt...

99 names of God.
99 state of a flawed human.

Plastic wastes of the imperfect soul, the disheartened, the absent, multi- faceted self.

9 shapes of tar.
human upon human-mades.