This work depicts ants and their movement as signifiers in an attempt to investigate the fabricated narratives constructed around the pain of the Other on the internet, and the dire consequences for victims. This artwork is composed of ants forming a labyrinth as they move to form a loop and this is juxtaposed with the repetitive sound extracted from actual footage of ants. This footage was generated after the ants were taken from their colony located under a brick and put on a white background to record their agitated chaotic motions. As the ants moved from one space to another to form a fabricated labyrinth, their actual suffering has been censored completely. The viewers are invited to experience the labyrinth as the ants complete the cycle and find a way in and out of the labyrinth.
Samyukta Bhandari is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
She completed her BFA in Visual Arts from Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan in 2018. Samyukta has always been intrigued by the duality of freedom and boundaries and it is a common theme she explores through her work.
She teaches art and design to A level Students in Kathmandu and has successfully designed various projects such as Sano Pasal (The Tiny Shop Project), CLAY initiative and Art Ko Kurakani.