Poems and Texts

Excerpt from ‘Anjali & Ampersand’ by Bishakh Som


Bishakh Som

Bishakh Som‘s work investigates the intersection between image and text, figure and architecture, architecture and landscape. They are inspired by the grammar of comics and graphic novels but seek to expand the vocabulary of the narratives traditionally presented in this medium by exploring themes of gender, sexuality, memory and urbanism.

Bishakh’s comics have previously appeared in Buzzfeed, Hi-horse, Blurred Vision, Pood, the academic journal Specs, The Brooklyn Rail, Volume 3 of the much-lauded Graphic Canon series and most recently in Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, the oversized tribute anthology to Winsor McCay. In 2003, they received a Xeric grant for their comics collection Angel. Their most recent book is The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History, published by McFarland Press. They have exhibited paintings in Animal Magic, a solo show at ArtLexis Gallery in 2010, Devotional Paintings, a solo show at Jaya Yoga Center in 2015, and in group shows at Rhode Island College and at Grady Alexis gallery in New York. Bishakh lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can see more of their paintings, comics and illustrations at www.bishakh.com.

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