Julius Das’s artistic practice primarily refer as Acts with the purpose of performance. The Act for that matter is a byproduct of the present, rooted in immersive-conditionings and embodied-experiences. At large how Act also can be a spoof of mejoraraian decision-making in the expanded present.
Das’s practice lies in the production, re-production as well as various conditions of the re-production of images. The process is being informed by various levels of conditionings, encapsulated experiences and encounters; which project the (artist)political self. In the process, Das’s attempt is not just limited to problematise the concerns from the perspective of ‘the other’, rather generating spaces where individual(collective) perspectives can be accessed and felt through. Das attempts to share perspectives with the ideas around trust, religion, governance, sexuality(ies) and the democratization of citizenship. In this way, Das's practice predominantly centred around the power of civil rights, as well the nature of their awareness, proliferation and amendments in various changing times.
Sticking one after another, highlighting and using absurd layers are ways to return to post event’s in Das practice. Analysis of the present is a return and a recall to various historical events and emergencies.
Through this process, one of the primary concern of the recent body of works is to work with the images, forms, approaches, materials which shouldn’t denote to any cultural baggage. Almost like a commencement to strip out all cultural associations in the process of image making. The choice of such dis-association also refer to the potential for examining the systematised knowledge, identities and transnationalism in a volatile ground of the climate crisis, economical tension, pandemic, war situation, immigration, migration in virtual and real time frame. In that manner, the attempt of this choice is to re-examine the historical events, paradigms, concepts with the lens of today’s multiples presents.
Julius Das (born 1994) is an interdisciplinary artist works with photographs, text-based works, moving images, installations, and primarily with drawings. Julius has completed his BFA from B. K. Collage of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar (2017) and MFA from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Dadri (2020). Julius Das works with many diverse subjects like post-war, art historical events, sexuality, citizenship, mass culture with multilayered conceptual frameworks through artistic and research based projects. Julius is currently working as a product designer at BEAD Studio, Bhubaneswar. Julius has participated in numerous exhibitions, which includes, ‘ID-ENTITY’group exhibition at Artpiligrimlive Gallery,Gurgaon (2018); 'EMPTY IS NEW ENERGY’, a solo exhibition at Bocca Cafe , Bhubaneswar, Odisha (2017); ‘Student Biennale’, Kochi Muziris biennale, Kochi (2016) and ‘HORIZON’, Group Show at Press Club, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (2016)’; among others. Das has attended various artist residencies and workshops, which includes, ‘SPACE STUDIO’, Four-Months Artist Residency 2021,Vadodara (2021); ‘October School- 2018’, contemporary public art project, as part of the network initiated by IFCAR institute of contemporary art research at ZHDK Zurich (2019); ‘Kala-setu’, Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art in partnership with the Raza art foundation (2017); ‘PAGO’, Public Art Project, at Gopalpur Odisha, by Government Of Odisha, Berhampur (2017) and ‘CHALENGAE’ Video Art Residency, Utsha foundation, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (2016), among others.
Julius currently lives and works from Bhubaneswar, Odisha.a