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No One Even Has Eyes: The Decline of Hand-Painted Graphics in Mumbai


Aaron Fine

Truman State University, US
About Aaron

Aaron Fine is Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Truman State University where he also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. His recent creative non-fiction on subjects in visual culture has been presented at several Popular Culture and Asian Studies conferences and in three forthcoming publications. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely over the past 20 years.

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In this work of creative non-fiction, accompanied by coloring book plates of his own design, the author explores recent changes in Indian visual culture. An investigation of hand painted political graphics in Mumbai revealed very little painting and a great deal about the rapidly advancing digitalization of visual space in India. As idiosyncratic and individual creative efforts are replaced by mass-produced digital printing in what ways are India’s political networks enhanced; In what ways are India’s creative networks destroyed? Translators, police officers, political activists, and artists are presented through the eyes of an outsider whose own expectations about creative expression and political participation are challenged. The conclusion considers how once recycled visual culture artifacts are now junk destined for the landfill, and urges readers to color-in the whitewashed spaces of the city.

How to Cite: Fine, A., 2013. No One Even Has Eyes: The Decline of Hand-Painted Graphics in Mumbai. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 20(2). DOI:
Published on 02 May 2013.
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