Tsering Motup is an interdisciplinary artist. Motup’s practice encompasses many different forms of expression, from performative video installation, photography, drawing, paintings and many more to present himself and thereby talk about identity and other fundamental issues and queries regarding the sociocultural constitution of selfhood vis-à-vis questions of identity, which springs from his own unique identity of the racial “Other” in relation to main stream Indian identities. He often brings the ideas of stereotype, memory, home, migration, nationalism, patriotism, the border, and their transformations/intersections, and how these ideas play out through material culture or language or performance, social and cultural practises and how they shape individual(s) in Ladakh.
In many ways, Motup’s practice can be seen through the lens of migratory aesthetics. ‘Object from Home’, is a series of work, which primarily interrogates the questions of how objects try to explore the advent of mass produced commodities into his home in Ladakh and how they get normalised in their lives and gradually modify the visual culture. At multiple levels, Motup’s artistic practice opens up the question of how aesthetics itself migrate, transforming not only its own practices and traditions, but also the very nature of our being in the world, as subjects producing, as well as produced by, the cultures in which we live.
Tsering Motup Siddho, born in 1992 is a multidisciplinary artist lives and practices from Leh Ladakh. Motup was born and raised in Ladakh and Mysore and has a post-graduation from Shiv Nadar University, Delhi. He has taken part in several group shows in India and Abroad such as ‘Inside the Outsider’ Zone Art, Taiwan, ‘Busan International Video Art Festival’ Korea, ‘FLAME Artist Residency’ Pune, ‘Artist Unite/CHITRAKHANA’ New Delhi, ‘MFA Final Display’ KNMA, Noida, ‘Inner Path Festival’ Alliance Francaise, Delhi, ‘Minute Per Image’ TIFA Working Studios, Pune, KochiMuziris Biennale (Student Biennale). He is also a recipient of the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation at 1Shanthi Road Art residency, Darashikoh. He has also worked with at ACHI Association as Coordinator and currently works as Arts Officer at the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation, Leh.