Archival pigment print, Edition: 5/10
Vivan Sundaram works in many different media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and video art, and his work is politically conscious and highly intertextual in nature. His works in the 1980s showed a tendency towards figurative representations, and dealt with problems of identity. His works constantly refer to social problems, popular culture, problems of perception, memory and history. His current series, Trash develops a theme that has engaged him since 1997, and he explores the social implications and aesthetics of urban waste and second-hand goods. Vivan Sundaram's deployment of urban detritus, the result of the frenzy of global consumption, recalls modernity's fascination with recycled objects and the modernist procedure of bricolage.