Multicolored Powder Dyes

Powdered pigments feature in the celebration of Holi around the world. These pigments are thrown or smeared directly onto celebrants or mixed with water and loaded into balloons or squirt guns. Pigments were extracted from agricultural products historically produced in the Indian subcontinent, including turmeric and indigo. 

Nuno Valadas

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

Other work from Holi