Origins of Art: The Gond Village of Patangarh weaves together a verbal and visual dialogue between Gond artist Bhajju Shyam and Japanese photographer Kodai Matsuoka, interspersed with illustrations by artists of the community. Published by Tara Books, this book is a pioneering approach to art and culture theory.
The book has been designed to bring out connections between the everyday life of the artist community and their intricate life, through the interaction of photographs, text and illustrations.
The layout is fluid, allowing the viewer to perceive multiple meanings between images.
A section of the book was silk-screenprinted on handmade paper to add a rich, tactile element to the book.
In this book on the tradition of Gond art of central India, the relationship between text and image has been designed to form an overarching narrative.