Bachelor of Fine Arts, B.K. College of Arts
& Crafts, Bhubaneswar, India, 1995
M.F.A (Painting), College of Art, New Delhi, India, 1998
The Horror Show is an installation
against violence. The viewer is invited to sit down at a table and browse
through the images in a photo album. The photos are, however, not of the
kind we are used to finding in somebody's home, but depict victims of
massacres and wars. From hidden speakers in the room we can hear people
crying and suffering. The sound was recorded on location in Nepal, but
has been distorted with the help of Peter Verwimp in order not to belong
to one particular place, but to be universal. These issues are not only
confined to Nepal, India or the Middle East, it's something that concerns
all of us, everywhere. Next to the photo album, the viewer can find paper
and pens and write down his/her opinions on the matter. Pratul will later
send these letters to the UN.
Pratul has also worked on a proposal for the design of Illy Caffè
coffee cups and plates. The cups and plates are decorated with photos
of the thumbs of people from different classes of society, of different
colours, religions, professions, and so on. The cup of coffee therefore
becomes a meeting-place where social aspects are no longer relevant and
Pratul hopes it will help to bridge the gaps between people.
He has also been thinking a lot about the relationship between architecture
and human beings. All buildings have their own history and he's interested
in studying how we react to it.