A self taught artist, Devangana Kumar engages in the discourse of colonial hierarchy and aesthetics. Her personal history and her experiences as a student in Australia fuelled her interests in questions of caste – identity, slavery and racism.
Her first art series ‘Pageants of the Raj; The Workforce’ focuses on the lowest strata of society – the working class on whose shoulders the luxurious and comfortable lifestyle of a deeply hierarchical Indian society positions itself. Representation of stereotypes were evident in a number of photographs and memorabilia of the British Raj. She works as a conceptual artist reframing these existing colonial images and subverting the gaze by printing them on luxurious materials like velvet, embroidering, embellishing and encasing these large scrolls with ornamental borders.