The four works presented in this Visual Interlude are mixed-media drawings on paper that overlay the text of the preamble of the Indian Constitution. As is well known, Dr. Ambedkar was a lawyer who belonged to a Dalit caste from Western India and served as the chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution and thus one of the most important architects of the document. The preamble specifically lays out the fundamental principles on which a citizen's rights are founded. The text constitutes an equal citizenry, thus serving as a repudiation of the historical forms of oppression and discrimination, among them the practice of untouchability and the debasement of labor. Vikrant Bhise, whose work revolves around resistance to the multiple and intersecting forms of oppression—including caste, gender, and labor—often works with the figure of Ambedkar and the hope that he signifies, particularly for members of the Dalit community and others...

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