Khytul Abyad is a visual artist who draws and writes about the toll of conflict on human life in Kashmir. She graduated in Bachelors of Fine art (Applied Art) from Kashmir University (2016) and pursued her Master’s degree in Art and Design from Beaconhouse National University Lahore. Khytul is currently based in Kashmir where she is writing her first graphic novel. She tries to explore the role of mythology and oral lore as alternate history. She seeks to reflect the characteristics of traditional metaphors (textual, oral and visual), as embodiment of collective memory.
Khytul participated in the Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2014, and again in 2018. In 2018, when she was also a part of the group show- Concourse held in Srinagar. In 2017, she organized a group show, ‘Sifer’ in Srinagar which brought together artists from different fields to showcase their work collectively under one roof.
Between December 2019 and February 2020, she was a resident artist at Guru Scholars’ program in Buffalo NY. Khytul is currently based in Kashmir where she is writing her first graphic novel.