Thasil Suhara Backer

Thasil Suhara Backer

Thasil Suhara Backer

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Thasil is currently working on the project 'We are dust grown beneath the sea', 2024 which deals with different
possibilities to represent opposing energies and their cosmic
interconnectedness within a multi-dimensional, multi-directional, technological
time-space continuum. Through the organization of values embedded, stuck,
crashed, erased, or deducted in materials, the project intends to utilize
found corporal and ephemera and other various materials/matters/things and
questions as an Anti-Data / counter-archive.

Quick Facts:

Thasil Suhara Backer (b. 1992)
resides and creates in Kodungallur, situated near the historic Muziris region,
within the Thrissur District of Kerala, India. Through a diverse array of
mediums including performance, photo-video graphics, sculptural objects, text,
and drawings, Backer's artistic endeavors delve into themes of geography,
identity, materiality, and the interconnectedness of human and non-human
ecological realms. His artistic practice unfolds as a genre of image
construction, aiming to bridge the gap between the physical and conceptual
realms, fostering experiences of contemplation. With a background in hybrid
practices of Theatre Arts and performance and a keen interest in
visual culture,  
Thasil navigates across conventional boundaries of forms and
genres with a critical lens, aiming to reimagine multifaceted structural
elements as interconnected entities. This interdisciplinary approach is
a political statement, empowering him to transcend limitations and provoke meaningful
dialogue through his art.


Backer has earned both his
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree from MES Asmabi College, University of
Calicut, Kerala (2011) and completed his Master of Performing Arts (MPA) from the University of Hyderabad, Telangana (2016). The artist has been trained in
theatre from Intercultural Theatre Institute, Singapore (2018). He has recently
showcased his works at the group show Permanent Conference, curated by Shristi
Sainani at Gallery Navya, as part of Delhi Art Week (2023). Backer has also
been awarded a Young Artist Fellowship, by the Ministry of Culture, Government of
India (2013-2014) and has contributed to the field through art projects such
as Muziris to Lakhpat by the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) under the Arts
Practice program supported by Sony Pictures Entertainment Fund (2023) &
Elephant in the Room project by Conflictorium – Museum of Conflict, India in
collaboration with the contemporary art center Stroom Den Haag in The Hague, NL
(2022). Thasil
is a Kerala-based interdisciplinary artist.

Highest educational degree:

Master of Performing Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, Central University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Work samples:

Title: 3691 Bede, Persisting Threads, 2023

Title: 3691 Bede, Persisting Threads, 2023

16 Psyche, Persisting Threads, 2023

16 Psyche, Persisting Threads, 2023

Preview Video

Muziris to Lakhpat, 2023

Muziris to Lakhpat, 2023

Muziris to Lakhpat, 2023

ExTended Socialism, 2022-2023

ExTended Socialism, 2022-2023

Contemporary pollution, 2022

Contemporary pollution, 2022

روح / Rooh, 2022

روح / Rooh, 2022