Maksud Ali Mondal (1993, based in Santiniketan) was born in Bankura, West Bengal, India. He completed his BFA and MFA from Kala- Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan in 2019 and a semester at Royal Academy of Art, Netherlands, in 2016. His practice includes facilitating an experiential understanding of organisms in a durational, built microcosm, using sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and photography. Mondal is interested in generating reflections on how we understand ourselves in relation to others, including other species, organisms and civilizations as well as our place in a transforming environment.
His work deals with microbial contamination as a conversational expression, based on observation of growth, transformations and decomposition of organic matter by bacteria, fungi, creatures, fermentation, oxidation, rotting and with the organic, manmade found objects and everyday discarded materials in his work.
He was part of Kochi-Muziris Students’ Biennale in 2018-19; the Serendipity art Festival’s collaboration with Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in 2019; Five Million Incidents organised by the Goethe Institut, Delhi and Kolkata, and conceived by Raqs Media Collective in 2020, and Artissima Art Fair, Italy, in 2021.