About Pallov’s Practice
A painter by background, I initially used photography to document subjects for my paintings. However, I soon discovered that some photographs surpassed mere documentation, embodying the essence and soul of my artistic vision. I discovered that these moments couldn’t be translated into painting, nor was there a need to do so. Being intimately connected to Rahmaria, my birthplace and upbringing, I felt a strong urge to work within this community and its people. In 2017, I embarked on a project in Rahmaria, located in Upper Assam, India’s North-Eastern region. The project aimed to delve into the history of the people, the place, the culture, and the societal changes occurring within. Through various mediums such as video, audio, painting, photography, drawing, and writing, I sought to encapsulate the essence of this community and its transformations. The photographs I took became an integral part of this project, capturing glimpses of the vibrant stories and experiences that unfolded within Rahmaria.
Born in Rahamaria, Assam, Pallov Saikia obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the Government College of Art and Crafts, Guwahati, Assam (2012) and a Master’s Degree from the S. N. School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (2016). He is one of the active members of the ANGA Art Collective, Assam and has developed several interactive public art projects. His work has been featured in the Student’s Biennale 2016 as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala. His group exhibitions include, Portrait of the Land at Dhi Artspace, Hyderabad (2022); an online exhibition, A Letter from My Homeland, Dhi Artspace, Hyderabad (2020) and Blurred Perimeters, Blurring Identities at the Bihar Museum (2019).
Pallov is currently based in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.