Kumkum Fernando has conjured Post Colonial Rainbow Punks, merging the ancient and the futuristic, the traditional and the fantastical to create one of a kind sculptures from found objects scoured from the streets of Saigon.
Post Colonial Rainbow Punks are intergalactic swashbucklers – part gangsters, part mythical beings – who have traveled through space and time to find their missing Princess Izzah 281. The four Punks, Softboss, Koha, Lomba, and Manike the Maniac, have arrived on earth ready to meet their greatest challenge.
The Post Colonial Rainbow Punks series is part of Kumkum’s ongoing exploration of the nexus between East Asian history and modern culture; Hindu mythology and folktales as well as Vietnam’s cultural reclamation informs his art. Kumkum uses the detritus and remnants of French era architecture to methodically recontextualize the past. Doors, shutters, window frames and other wooden treasures, some over 100 years old, are used as the building blocks of his sculptures. He proudly derives inspiration from this heritage, bridging fine art with a deep appreciation for traditional forms to create contemporary art objects.
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