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Baptist Coelho (Mumbai, 1977) is a visual artist from India and is the artist-in-residence at the In Flanders Fields Museum for 2022. His installation on the experience of Indian soldiers in Europe during the First World War is on display until 31 December 2022. As and when the opportunity arises, he might also intervene artistically within the museum.
Baptist Coelho brings unspoken stories to life and gives meaning to psychological and physical distortions caused by war. His artistic projects are developed around various themes such as: conflict, war (and war museums), conscription, commemoration, heroism, emotion, fear, healing, the body, and gender. As part of his process, he conducts archival and ethnographic research with military and civilian personnel.
“Like an excavator, I move back and forth in time, retrieving traces of the past and documenting the present across various geographies. My artworks probe beyond the surface to complicate, contradict and rethink oral histories, facts, memory, and its loss. I develop varied interpretations through the careful observations of found objects, languages, translations, random thoughts, imagined stories and strategically archived narratives. My interdisciplinary projects use diverse mediums such as installation, sculpture, photography, audio/video and performance.”