Search for Missing, 2014

Mixed media:

Oil on canvas, screen print on PVC

18 frames, 18 ins x 24 ins

Hundreds of children, women and men go missing in cities everyday. It's a loss marked by their own families - and sometimes not noticed by anyone at all. The newspapers carry mandatory advertisements of "Missing Persons" everyday and I started to collect them. Their stories and descriptions were impersonal and generic and a reflection of modern urban societies. People are lost! In a series of 24 paintings I tried to give life to the faded, black and white, sometimes indiscernible photographs. Adding colour, recreating features, painting their clothes as described and giving dimension to this disappeared person. 

 © 2018 by Gopika Chowfla

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