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Photo Art by Kishan Meena

Found objects from trash have for generations sparked the imagination of the artist. If nothing else then at least the idea of it. This is always reinforced with a title. There is also, some degree of alteration, modification by the artist, to create his own touch, values and political thought. This method is now being critically discussed, as any object taken from its real ‘purpose’ including ‘ready-mades’, constitutes modification of the object because it changes our perception of the utility and purpose of the same. This is exactly what Kishan Meena’s work tries to do.

Artists from India & round the world  have dealt with the subject of trash, waste water and other such general daily refuse that man creates, over and over again, in abundance and without much thought. Trash objects have been picked up and relocated in art galleries for a few decades.  One of the main objectives of the artist who picks out objects from trash heaps is to rearrange them to make a profound statement and give a new meaning.

Kishan Meena’s work is unique because he has not gone through heaps of trash and rearranged the objects as his eye has remained on flowing waste water in a small polluted river round the corner from where he lives. He has photographed flowing water with toxic waste and debris, stopping it just for the moment when it turns into an abstract visual. Unlike a trash artist he has not picked up anything, nor re arranged it to suit his vision, he has simply shown ‘what it is’. The only manipulation he has done is to mirror the images, and with that, like a magic wand has turned them it into intricate abstract images, almost unrecognizable from what they actually are. Even if critically examined, if not told what the images are about it is difficult to imagine the original source of them.

What is interesting about Kishan Meena’s ‘art’ is that he has taken a flow of extremely toxic waste water and frozen it in time. Unlike many, Meena has not titled any works and leaves them to the imagination of the viewer. One of the images, which has dry stems of grass sticking out, reminds one that nothing lives in this water. With his own humble eye he has made a political statement about life around his own living area showing from such minute detail where the world is going if we do not become more responsible. All the images are photographs, and disturbingly beautiful.

Written by Navroze Contractor

(photographer/ writer)



Kishan Meena 
Born      13 MARCH, 1962


1988         Master of Arts in Philosophy.
1986         Master of Arts in Public Administration.
1986         Foundation of Fine Art from Rajasthan School of Art, Jaipur.


20-24 Fab 2013 Kala Mela  by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur,Raj. 
24-28 Feb 2012 Kala Mela  by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur,Raj.
26-31 Aug 2011 ICCR, Azad Bhavan Art Gallary, New Delhi.
17-22 Nov 2009 Kala Mela by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur,Raj.
1- 7  Des 2007 Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Raj.
1993,96   Kala Mela by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy Jaipur, Raj.
1990-92   Sheo Das Pura & Kala Mela by Art Council of Rajasthan.           

TWO MEN SHOW                                       

12th Feb -14th March 1998 Street Center, River Side, UK.
27th Jan -12th Feb   1998 Ely Library, Grand Avenue, Ely, UK.                        
14th Nov -11th Des   1997 Barry Hospital, Cardiff, UK.



2013  'Confluence des Arts' a group show of 100 artists at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, jaipur.      
27th-29th Nov  2012  Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.
03rd-24th march2011  Walse UK.
06th-10th jan  2011  Rajasthan walse exchange  exhibition, J.K.K. Jaipur.
13th-15th July 2010  India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
2010  State photographic exhibition by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. 
2008  10  Rajasthan School Of Art Alumni Show J.K.K. Jaipur.
1996  9th  Rastriya Kala Mela, Calcutta.
1995  8th  Rastriya Kala Mela, Bangalore
1993  Jehangir  Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1993  International Exhibition of Art Organised by W.L.R.A. at Jawahar Kala Kendra,Jaipur. 
1991  Kala Mela by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy,Jaipur.
1990  West Zone Culture Center, Udaipur.


2009-12   State Exhibition of Art by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur, Raj 
1993      2nd Biennale of Creative Photography by Rashtriya Lalit Kala Academy,Delhi.          
1991-94   All India Photography Exhibition, Delhi.
1991-92   All India Exhibition of Art by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademy, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
1989-95  State Exhibition of Art by Rajasthan Lalit Kala  Akademy.Jaipur,Raj.


2012      ART of DUNGARPUR by Jawahar kala kendra Jaipur.


26th-30 April  2011    Ranthambhour National Park, Swaimadhopur, Rajasthan.
31st-4th June  2011    Dungarpur, Rajasthan.
17th-21st Nov  2011    International Art Camp by MS Univercity, Udaipur.


Kala mela Award 2012 by Rajasthan lalit kala Akademi, Jaipur.
Photography state award 1990 by Dept. of Public Relation, Rajasthan.