Roy’s references are traditional and familiar toy figurines from across the world. If as an American Munny Doll, Gandhi holds his trademark stick, in Super Gandhi he wears the colours and cape of the Mattel superhero, ready to fight the world.
“Unfortunately, in India today, we don’t think enough about Gandhi. We should think of Gandhi every day because he had so much to say about quotidian life,” says Nalini Malani. The artist has turned to Gandhi on numerous occasions.
For those in the Capital who attended his 2014 exhibition “every broken moment, piece by piece” with the same gallery, the showcase, in more ways than one, takes forward the thought he presented back then — that history is not static.