Akash Inbakumar’s practice, based in Tkaronto / Toronto, explores the queering of the human body concerning material and craft practices. They conceive material-kin through partnerships with multiple mediums, tools and processes (material-kinship). These kin become symbols of the symbiotic relationships built during their conception and gateways to Inbakumar’s futuristic world: a future where craft objects are carriers of family lineage and storytellers, comparative to the colonial west’s nuclear family. Often taking the form of wearables, these objects hope to allow the wearer to transform into material-human hybrids that can peek into Inbakumar’s dream world.
Inbakumar was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence (Textiles) at Harbourfront Centre in 2021.