MOVING FROM A VILLAGE TO A CITY, THIS MIGRATION HAS ALWAYS MADE ME WONDER AND QUESTION MY OWN IDENTITY. THIS SHIFT WAS NOT EASY YET I CARRY ON MY STRUGGLE TO FIND THAT ONE ASPECT THAT WOULD BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN A CITY AND A VILLAGE. THESE PEOPLE MIGRATE AND PICK UP SMALL BUSINESSES AND KEEP JUGGLING BETWEEN THE TWO IDENTITIES. THEY DO LIVE AND EARN THEIR LIVELIHOOD IN CITIES BUT HARDLY DO THEY FIND THEMSELVES BEING A PART OF THE URBAN CULTURE. MY WORK IN SOME WAY IS A REPRESENTATION OF MY OWN QUEST OF KNOWING WHERE I BELONG TO AT THE SAME TIME ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SHARING THE SAME PROCESS.
Hiral Chaudhuri grew up in Surat (Gujarat). He migrated to the city for higher education but reminiscence the village life that he misses. His works merge the rural and urban spaces. For instance, the idea of decorating urban homes using wall paper intrigued Chaudhuri and got reminded of his village home and walls that have a natural texture and character. His current series is a cluster of small-format works, each with colourful render of a village-life icon but layered with elements from his contemporary city-life. Socio-economic disparity of our times and migration is reflected strongly in his work. His personal quest to balance between his roots and career lead him to wonder about his own journey of enlightenment.
Hiral Chaudhari completed his 5 years diploma in applied art in 2020 and moved on to the MS University, Baroda for his Masters in Printmaking. He has done multiple art group shows.
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