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Annapurna Kumar

Annapurna Kumar is an American animator and filmmaker. Her work is largely inspired by the complex histories of image capture and simulation technologies, and their ties to consumerism, enforced normativity, and the built environment. The work manifests as diaristic, playful fantasies that oscillate between scenes of intense planning and improvisational digressions. Themes of fertility, ecological utopia, the structures of memory, repressed sensuality, and a preoccupation with plastic recur throughout Annapurna's short films, which are fast-paced, non-linear, and at times, totally abstract. Her work blends CGI and drawn animation, 16mm filmmaking techniques, and camera-stand stop-motion. She occasionally makes artist books, tapestries, ceramics, and interactive work. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA DMA and an adjunct faculty member in the CalArts EA Department.

Annapurna is an alumni of the Yaddo and Film Farm residencies. Her work has been featured by AQNB, Pitchfork, Dublab, Create Digital Motion, and Edge of Frame, and has shown in festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Zagreb, The Walker Art Center, London International Animation Festival, Eyeworks, Light Field, GLAS, Experimenta India, and others.