Riyas Komu presents his latest art series – Systematic Citizen
Portraying the quandary of displaced migrant workers in light of the present crisis, he showcases the struggles faced by them
Riyas Komu, a critically acclaimed multi-media artist and sculptor, presents his new art series titled Systematic Citizen. The series represents the plight of the displaced migrant workers from rural India to urban settlements.
The present crisis created by COVID-19 around the nation has led to an exodus of migrant workers struggling to reach their home states. The Systematic Citizen series addresses the horrible realities of the displacement of millions of these workers. The project was presented at the 'Voices From Far and Near’ – an initiative by Ayyappa Paniker Foundation.
This series was developed to portray the suffering of the Indian migrants who were neglected by the cities they help create. With no means of earning money to feed their families, these workers walked miles and miles to reach their homes as they are tragically disowned by the urban rich, industries and factories.
“Through this project, I wanted to express my concern and showcase the struggle of the common people. This should be addressed with immediate concern and this was my hope while I presented it along with other artists,” says Komu.