Prabhakar Pachpute

Prabhakar Pachpute (b. 1986) in Sasti In Chandrapur, Maharashtra,  lives and works in Pune, India. Pachpute works in an array of mediums and materials, including drawing, light, stop-motion animations, sound and sculptural forms. His use of charcoal has a direct connection to his subject matter and familial roots: coal mines and coal miners. Pachpute often creates immersive and dramatic environments in his site-specific works, using portraiture and landscape with surrealist tropes to critically tackle issues of mining labour and the effects of mining on the natural and human landscape. Using Maharashtra as a starting point, he combines research from around the world with personal experiences, moving from the personal to the global, investigating a complexity of historical transformations on an economic, societal and environmental level.