Fine artist and photographer Ben Dray scoured the crafts quarter of Kumatuli in Calcutta to find the place where these statues were manufactured. ‘They’re religious icons of the goddess Kali. They’re stuffed with straw, covered with clay, then painted,’ he explains. The disposable icons may be burnt or sent down the river. Dray’s picture costs 90 and will be on sale with sculptures, paintings and prints at the Battersea Contemporary Art Fair from 30 to 31 March.

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