Avial is my MDes thesis project from the Glasgow School of Art.
It is a 28-page comic book that tells the story of several people living in a building complex in India, told through contextual sound. It weaves the story of a person making the dish Avial*, along with smaller glimpses into the lives of the different people living in the same building complex.
It is an exploration of connection, loss, and societal pressure in a South Asian context and how to find universality in the specific.
It is supplemented by an audio file that gives you a soundscape while reading the book.
*Avial (n) – A South Indian thick stew of different vegetables commonly found in the Western Ghats, seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves.
See the GSA Showcase here.
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