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Student Showcase Archive

Pallavi Agarwala

MA work

MA work

  • The Return of the Papercut Hero

    The Return of the Papercut Hero, Pallavi Agarwala 2016
    on-site photography, found postcards, paint, scalpel
    16:9 viewing format

  • The Return of the Papercut Hero

    The Return of the Papercut Hero, Pallavi Agarwala 2016
    on-site photography, found postcards, paint, scalpel
    16:9 viewing format

  • The Return of the Papercut Hero

    The Return of the Papercut Hero, Pallavi Agarwala 2016
    on-site photography, found postcards, paint, scalpel
    16:9 viewing format

  • The Return of the Papercut Hero

    The Return of the Papercut Hero, Pallavi Agarwala 2016
    on-site photography, found postcards, paint, scalpel
    16:9 viewing format

The Return of the Papercut Hero

My final project is an animation where military statues casually make their way across territories of occupation, returning to become elevated as a heroes. 

The technique of the filmmaking uses process as a narrative metaphor: the soldier actively disrupts his environment, shown through his piercing of the landscape. The film is a metaphor for ongoing colonial intervention, and the way it disturbs the landscape in which it occurs.

Composed of on-site photography of statues from Central London and postcards of India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, it uses paint and a scalpel to carve out a dialogue between the statues and their corresponding landscape interventions.


Info

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Communication

    Programme

    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • Studied and worked as a graphic designer in India, but since coming to the Royal College of Art, works within narrative using drawing, cut-ups and collage. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Design, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India, 2009
  • Experience

  • Graphic designer and art director, Penguin Books, India, 2013–2014; Graphic designer, Gopika Chowfla Design, Delhi, India, 2010–2013; Freelance illustrator, Daily Dump, Bangalore, India, 2007–2014