Living in a Lockdown: Kedar Dhondu’s ‘Lonely Residents’ project explores people’s lockdown experiences

 

For Satyam Acharya from Margao in Goa, lockdown gave a possibility to bond along with his father over getting ready tea and breakfast; he would paint whereas his father made lunch and dinner. Satyam is Lonely Resident#three in artist Kedar Dhondu’s distinctive on-line venture ‘Lonely Residents’.

Artist Kedar Dhondu

Kedar, who teaches at Goan Faculty of Artwork had studied in Sarojini Naidu College of Artwork and Communication in Hyderabad and lived within the metropolis for six years. Presently primarily based in Goa, the artist was to journey to Milan for an exhibition scheduled in April (now postponed) and used to often verify the information for updates. “When the pandemic reached Italy after China, many myths had been floating round that the virus can not survive in a scorching nation like India. However, when the scenario modified and the lockdown was first introduced in March right here, there have been concern and anxieties. We weren’t in a position to settle for this isolation and questioned if we’ll survive,” he says.

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ project

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as a part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ venture
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Folks caught at houses, their lives and experiences through the lockdown grew to become a topic for Kedar. “We like to exit, meet buddies, relations or simply journey because it relaxes us. Out of the blue, we grew to become lonely residents with none contact with the skin world. We had been locked inside our personal houses and the isolation was onerous to digest,” he says on how he devised his venture. “I wished to find folks, examine their lives and the way they’ve been adapting to the brand new way of life in lockdown. I additionally wished to share via these pictures that staying residence isn’t boring; one’s home isn’t a restricted house and one can do rather a lot even from their houses,” he provides.

‘Lonely Residents’ venture on his Instagram account (@kedar_dk) invited folks at houses to ship their close-up picture with just a few strains of how they’ve been spending time. The one requirement was to ship a photograph trying instantly into the digicam. “I wished viewers to work together with the picture and look into their lives.” Initially, he obtained six entries from Goa and later, from Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Odisha, and later from London and New York, too.

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ project

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as a part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ venture
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Out of all of the submissions, Kedar made 35 drawings, uploaded them on his Fb and Instagram accounts and in addition tagged the individuals who despatched him.

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ project

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as a part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ venture
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For Bengaluru-based Raj Naik, ‘Lonely Resident # 5’, the lockdown expertise was ‘bitter’. Kedar’s sketch reveals a grim-faced man standing close to his pc desk at residence; The entrance door is open with a pair of slippers close to the door.

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ project

A sketch by Kedar Dhondu as a part of his ‘Lonely Residents’ venture
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Raj had travelled to South Africa for work and returned to India simply two days earlier than the Indian authorities banned worldwide flights. He needed to quarantine himself in his house whereas his spouse and a three-year-old daughter stayed at a relative’s place. Says Kedar, “The quarantine interval was an actual fear for him. He hid from neighbours in order that they didn’t panic, however his spouse instructed him that everybody within the neighbourhood was speaking about how somebody is quarantined in Home No. 207 and that they need to avoid him. His neighbour on the bottom flooring shifted to a different place. So Raj couldn’t sleep effectively through the preliminary days, particularly after watching movies of individuals dying attributable to COVID-19. Solely his workplace work stored him engaged and calls from family and friends members eased his fear.”

Kedar hopes to color the drawings and exhibit them at a gallery.