Frans Masereel Centre is a place where national and international artists, researchers and graphic designers reside, meet and experiment.

Masereeldijk 5
2460 Kasterlee, BE

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Residencies 2020-2021

Krishna Balakrishnan

Graphic designer, writer & researcher

Krishna Balakrishnan is an emerging mixed-media artist. He is professionally trained and practises as a graphic designer. His work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Images and text are intertwined to narrate a collection of diverse cultural references, oscillating between different systems of representation to evoke non-linear perception of migration, belonging, temporality and displacement. Often times, his works attempt to investigate Indian vernaculars within a hybrid Indo-Canadian identity by displacing and reconstructing them from their original context and representing struggles to retain symbolic and cultural meaning in a new environment.

He is a graduate of the Master of Design program at York University specializing in graphic design. His thesis entitled “Strange Encounters” employs the interventions of Homi Bhabha’s “the third space” to negotiate a meeting space with strangers. The work for his thesis include “Avatars”: mongrel mutations created by montaging images of Hindu Gods, Goddesses and Comic-book superheroes and Disney princesses.

General Residency
14.11.2016 - 16.12.2016


Strange Encounters book spread 1

From Roses toText



Avatars montage Hanuman Superman

Avatars montage Kali Cinderella

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