Khytul Abyad is a visual artist who writes and draws about the toll of conflict on human life in Kashmir. Khytul graduated in Bachelors of Fine arts from Kashmir University (2016) and pursued her Master’s degree in Art and Design from Beaconhouse National University In Lahore (2019). Khytul participated in the Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2014 and in 2018. In 2018, she was also a part of the group show- Concourse held in Srinagar. In 2017, she organized a group show, ‘Sifer’ in Srinagar which brought together artists from different fields to showcase their work collectively. Khytul was a resident artist at Guru Scholars’ program in Buffalo NY between December 2019 and February 2020. Khytul is currently based in Kashmir.
My work investigates body as a provocation for speculatory articulation of counter narratives against the binaries of power and helplessness, belief and skepticism, feeling and knowing, submission and resistance, victimhood, and defiance. Using an art practice that transverses drawing, painting, visual communication design and installation, I explore the fractured and yet cohesive nature of identities within a dystopian state that is brimmed with censorship and surveillance.