Born in Mauritius in 1962, Krishna Luchoomun holds an M.A in fine arts from the ex-USSR Academy of Arts. He lives and work in Mauritius. In 2003 together with some artists friends he initiated “pARTage”, an artist’s-led art organization working for the promotion of contemporary art in Mauritius. He is the leader of the group and is currently working as lecturer at the MGI School of fine arts. He has participated in a series of exhibitions and residencies in different countries around the world.
Because of its colonial past, Mauritius is an island with a very complex social structure. Since my early childhood, I have been exposed to different customs and traditions and this has helped shape my awareness of the world, of what it means to be human and of the innate need that most of us have to connect – physically, emotionally and spiritually – with other human beings and with the natural world. This sensitivity is at the heart of my practice. Working in a variety of media including video, installations, photography, performance, and painting, I use clothing not only as a basic material, but essentially as a means of artistic expression to revisit both slavery and indentureship to explore issues pertaining to Identity, multiculturalism and nationhood. And linking these to the reality of today’s world in relation to life, culture, economy, and politics of Mauritian society.