Wood of Suicides, solo exhibition by Transart Guest Artist KP Pradeepkumar, India


Wood of Suicides, a solo exhibition by Transart Guest Artist KP Pradeepkumar, India


Solo exhibition

Wood of Suicides

KP Pradeepkumar

February 21st To March 21st 2016

Opening: 21st Sunday 3 pm

KP Pradeepkumar is an independent visual artist who for a decade has been working between Kochi and Baroda.

He did his BFA from College of Fine Arts Thiruvananthapuram in the early nineties, and has since been working

and exhibiting  in and around the country. He has also won numerous awards.

The title of the show ‘Wood of Suicides’ originates from Dante Alighieri’s14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy

Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, 

with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin. Dante describes a tortured wood  infested with harpies, 

where the act of suicide is punished by encasing the offender in a tree, 

thus denying eternal life and damning the soul to an eternity as a member of the restless living dead,  

and prey to the harpies. Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli c1480, and English poet, 

painter and print maker William Blake (1757–1827) illustrates  a passage from the Inferno title 

as ‘The Wood of the Self-Murderers: The Harpies and the Suicides’  as a pencil, ink paper artwork series.


Backyard Civilization Collective is a creative constellation of arts – visual, language,

theatre and sound -imagined and realized by a non-governmental organization of artists. 

Sited in Kochi, B C works as a habitat and show space for art-forms old and new. 

We at B C Collective seek to demystify the boundaries between the local and 

the international in ways that embody the idea of Kochi as an ancient cosmopolis.


VI/951, Upstairs, D. No.6/951,North block

Near Commercial Tax Office, Bazaar Road,

Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682001

www.backyardcivilization.com/   www.facebook.com/backyardcivil

KP Pradeepkumar’s website

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