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Maksud Ali Mondal (b. 1993) was born in Bankura, West Bengal, India. He completed his BFA and
MFA from Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, in 2019 with a semester at the Royal
Academy of Art, Netherlands, in 2016. His practice includes facilitating experiential
understanding of organisms in a durational, built microcosm, using sculpture, painting,
installation and photography. He is interested in generating reflections on how we understand
ourselves in relation to each other, including other species, organisms and civilizations as
well as our place in the transforming environment. His work deals with microbial
contamination as a conversational expression, based on the observation of growth,
transformations, and decomposition of organic matter by bacteria, fungi, microbial creatures,
fermentation, oxidation, rotting, as well as with the organic, man-made, found objects and
everyday, discarded materials. He received an international award from the Kochi-Muziris
Students' Biennale in 2019, the INLAKS fine art award in 2021, and the National Scholarship
from the Ministry of Culture, India, in 2018. Maksud also participated in an international
residency in Sicily, Italy in 2018. His work has been showcased as part of Five Million
Incidents, a year-long series of projects organised by the Goethe Institut, Delhi and Kolkata,
and curated by Raqs Media Collective, in 2020; the Serendipity Art Festival 2019, in
collaboration with the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art; and Artissima Art Fair, Italy
2021. Maksud currently lives and works in Santiniketan.

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