Blueprint12 presents Special FX, a solo show by Nihaal Faizal.
The show features Faizal’s body of work Shaktimaan SFX (2020–ongoing), in which he uses sheets of carbon paper to trace and render the visual effects from Shaktimaan, the famous Indian superhero TV show from the 90’s. For each special effect, Faizal chooses a video still and uses multiple colors of carbon paper to isolate and trace the animation. Leaving the background and all else blank, the artist’s delicate drawings of every effect for each episode produce a soft taxonomy of decontextualized figures of the effects themselves. These special effects are the rhetorical centerpiece of a mass media product that centers a Hindu superhero who takes on the existential crimes of humanity.
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