Praneet Soi: Kumartuli Printer Notes on Labour Part 1 (2010)
Praneet Soi invites contemplation of the sturdy relationship between manuality and apparatus, craft and context, which characterizes the workshops of cities in the Third World. His slide show parses out the gestures of a printer’s hands as he interacts with an ancient pedal operated press in Calcutta. As the operator feeds paper into his anachronistic machine, it spits out grainy images of his own hands, immersed in labour.
Praneet Soi (b. 1971 Kolkata, India) currently divides his time between Amsterdam and India.
Photo: Dag Fosse