The Banality of Brutality

Vicky’s project ‘The Banality of Brutality’ is an exploration of the uncomfortable relationship that nature shares with man-made structures that have emerged in the pristine Himalayan towns suffering from unorganized urbanization.

This massive drive is robbing these Himalayan terrains of their individuality and homogenizing the landscape, leaving behind the banal motives of brutality like incomplete houses, worn out machinery and land slide ravaged mountains.

Vicky’s project is an attempt to bring forth the tragedy that is slowly unfolding in the Himalayas, but goes unnoticed because of the grandeur of the landscape and the awe it inspires. It is an account of the tension between these two sides and the spirited effort of the viewer  to diffuse this tension at the hands of aesthetics and a unique viewpoint.

So far, Vicky has already bought the body of the camera thanks to Ms Nityangi Kejriwal, who after his talk at INK Asia in August, 2015 came up and offered to donate funds of INR 2.5 lakhs for the same.

Additionally, last year, Ixoraa Knowledge Foundation (IKF) awarded Vicky a grant towards the necessary camera lens requirement, as part of the INK Fellows Program, which is supported by Tata Trusts.

Following this, the INK team also helped Vicky with a campaign on INK Fellow Anshulika Dubey’s crowdfunding platform Wishberry that successfully raised more than Rs 8 lacs from over 20 backers, including a Rs 5 lac donation from Adobe as a part of their CSR activity.

Currently, Vicky is working on compiling a stunning photo essay book of his travels and hopes to publish it later this year.