Oza Vasvi Mayankkumar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Representation of Children in Educational Material, Print Culture, Visual Culture, Art Education, Zines, Drawing, Graphic Narratives

Biography

Vasvi is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Vasvi is an art practitioner and researcher interested in the areas of education, print culture, childhood and literature for children. She is a trained artist, interested in bringing her practice and research together in the process of addressing the questions of her fields.

Her PhD thesis is titled Imaging Childhood: Locating the Emergence of Modern Gujarati Child in the Print Culture of Early Twentieth Century Colonial Gujarat. She has explored and examined the pictorial reproductions that formed a major part of printed texts for children in mainly Gujarati periodicals and textbooks. Her exploration found that the representation of a modern Gujarati child in instructive and materials of leisure held echoes of sociopolitical movements of the time, such as nationalism, revivalism and national education. 

Vasvi has contributed articles, picture stories and illustrations for Chakmak, a children’s magazine published by Ekalavya, a Bhopal based NGO. As part of the Different Tales project, she has illustrated the Malayalam folk tale Poochakurinyar. She is also one of the co-founders of BlueJackal, an online platform for comics, graphic narratives and illustrations.

Vasvi is currently exploring the possibilities of an integrated Arts Education programme for primary and elementary school education in India.

Publications and Writings

  • Questions of Reading and Readership of Pictorial Texts: The Case of Bhimayana, a Pictorial Biography of Dr. Ambedkar, The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Volume 4:3, pp. 351 – 365, UK 2011
  • Picture Books, Zines: Laal Pahad, published by Ekalavya. Bhopal. 2018.
  • Eent, with Jagdish, published by BlueJackal. 2018