Rajesh Ram Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Rajesh Ram
Heavy Load


Fibreglass, iron, paint

112 x 79 x 48 cm

Ram’s work suggests a complex culture, reorganising and rebranding itself as a thriving new superpower. Lofty ambitions and purposeful intentions introduce a wealth of opportunity for many in India while creating dreadful anxieties for the people that are detracted by their circumstances. The artist’s bronze sculpture Heavy Load has the figure almost bent double with two arms to his right, one hand desperately trying to hold up his cotton trousers while the other pushes a wire netted sack over his shoulder. On his left side, the bronze figure appears to be holding his ear, listening to the earth with a second hand coming out from behind his head. The weight appears to be overbearing. Ram’s figure, elevated to the statuesque, appears to be crippled by the weight of the consequences of the global food crisis. Objects such as vegetables are stuffed into a flimsy wire sack, representing the need for sustenance as global trade. This work celebrates the ordinary person entrenched in a country that is suffocating for its numbers.

Rajesh Ram's Biography

Rajesh Ram
Born in 1978, Jharkhand, India
Lives and works in Allahabad, Bihar, India


Hybrid, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Recent Works, Project 88, Mumbai

Kala Akshar Bhains Barabar, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

New Paradigms, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

46th Exhibition, National Exhibition of Art, Kerala


Miniscule Marvel, presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai

Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City, represented by Anant Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games
Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
India Rising: Tradition Meets Modernity', presented by Ati Art Gallery at Varya, New Delhi

City Breathes: City Breeds, with Pratul Dash at 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
Far & Wide .... Everywhere You Look, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi
Hyphenated Practices, Annual Exhibition of Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Summer Show- 1, 2009, Annat Art, New Delhi
London Art Fair represented by Grosvenor Vadhera Gallery, London
Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
Recycled, Bose Pacia, Kolkata
East Village, Project 88, Mumbai
Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle, presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata
With the Best Intentions, presented by Anant Art at Shridharni Gallery, New Delhi
Manthan, presented by Nitanjal Art Gallery at Galerie Romain Rolland, New Delhi

Millennium Turks: Envisaging Contemporary of India, presented by Art Konsult at Trident Hilton, New Delhi
Urgent: 10 ml of Contemporary Needed!, presented by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi
Swarovski Crystal World, Galerie Christian Hosp, Tirol - Österreich
Peers Group Show, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Emerging Artist FICA Group Show, Travancore Gallery, New Delhi
Trends and Trivia: An Indian Story, Art konsult, Hong Kong
Popular Reality, Jam Jar, Dubai
Studio 333, California
Art Konsult, Hong Kong

Kala Gallery, Austria
Art Pilgrim, London
Recent Works, Project 88, Mumbai

New Paradigms, Gallery Romain Rolland, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
Variation, State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad

Khoj Residencies ‘Peers’, New Delhi

Lalit Kala Akademi, Bhuvaneshwar
46th National Exhibition of Art , Kochi
Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court, New Delhi

Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi
Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

Nandalal Bosh Kala Drigha, Patna

Garhi Studios, New Delhi

All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), Patna

Rang Vikalp, Nandlal Kala Gallery, Patna
All India Exhibition, Lucknow