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Kurchi Dasgupta

Kathmandu, Nepal 2 Followers

About Artist

I grew up in the intensely intellectual environment of Calcutta. My parents' active participation in the arts and the city's postcolonial cultural ferment gave a hands-on crash course that I took by default. However, ...

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I grew up in the intensely intellectual environment of Calcutta. My parents' active participation in the arts and the city's postcolonial cultural ferment gave a hands-on crash course that I took by default. However, my formal degree was done in Comparative Literature. I have been writing extensively on art and that's reflected in my artworks, which are conceptual in nature.


My artworks begin with images already in circulation around narratives such as gender inequality, the colonial experience, globalization and rapid information spread, as well as mankind’s current passage into an anthropogenic reality. As they develop, the artworks often take the shape of non-verbal essays seeking to decipher the layers of our cultural memory, especially those rooted in contemporary South Asian experience. I tend to draw most of the visual materials from alternately random and incisive Google searches on the Internet, an act that also reflects and questions the many ways in which the Internet manoeuvres our thoughts and identity today.

The available images are then translated through oil on canvas, found material, video work or performance and often collaged together to create compressed portals into the nature of reality. My own critical writing acts as the subtext for these pieces (I write extensively in regional and international publications on the direction South Asian art is taking). ‘Making simultaneous use of diverse media, I interrogate my own and the popular sub-conscious, recorded history and current protean reality to create pieces that are queries not only into contemporary South Asian issues but also stretch the possibilities of a particular medium.’

I have headed publishing ventures, been CEO of the Satyajit Ray Society, and translated modern Bengali classics in the past. I live in Kathmandu now, and try and raise relevant questions through my work.


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  • About Artist

    I grew up in the intensely intellectual environment of Calcutta. My parents' active participation in the arts and the city's postcolonial cultural ferment gave a hands-on crash course that I took by default. However, my formal degree was done in Comparative Literature. I have been writing extensively on art and that's reflected in my artworks, which are conceptual in nature.


    My artworks begin with images already in circulation around narratives such as gender inequality, the colonial experience, globalization and rapid information spread, as well as mankind’s current passage into an anthropogenic reality. As they develop, the artworks often take the shape of non-verbal essays seeking to decipher the layers of our cultural memory, especially those rooted in contemporary South Asian experience. I tend to draw most of the visual materials from alternately random and incisive Google searches on the Internet, an act that also reflects and questions the many ways in which the Internet manoeuvres our thoughts and identity today.

    The available images are then translated through oil on canvas, found material, video work or performance and often collaged together to create compressed portals into the nature of reality. My own critical writing acts as the subtext for these pieces (I write extensively in regional and international publications on the direction South Asian art is taking). ‘Making simultaneous use of diverse media, I interrogate my own and the popular sub-conscious, recorded history and current protean reality to create pieces that are queries not only into contemporary South Asian issues but also stretch the possibilities of a particular medium.’

    I have headed publishing ventures, been CEO of the Satyajit Ray Society, and translated modern Bengali classics in the past. I live in Kathmandu now, and try and raise relevant questions through my work.


  • Academics

    Masters in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

  • Exhibitions

    Solo:
    (Postponed indefinitely due to earthquakes) April 2015 at City Museum, Kathmandu.2015

    1. Bishoy Mahabharata at The Nehru Centre in Mayfair, London in September; paintings contemporizing the epic The Mahabharata.2010

    2. Bishoy Mahabharata at Imago Dei Gallery, Kathmandu in August.

    3. The Mahabharata: An Impression at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu in January.2008


    4. World Cinema: A Dialogue at Millennium Gallery, London (September).


    Group Shows:

    2015 Durga, Indian Centre for Cultural Relations, Kolkata (August)

    2014 Understanding Gender, Artist Proof Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal (March)

    2013 Multiple performances in Telling a Tale: Kitchen Dramas in Kathmandu (December –March 2014)

    United Art Fair in Delhi, India (September)

    Kala Yatra at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu, Nepal (August)

    Random Reveries at Bikalpa Art Center, Kathmandu, Nepal (August)

    Tasmeem Doha Design Biennale at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar (March)


    2012 Evolving Within as part of Kathmandu Quartet, which she is a member of, at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal (September)

    From Portrait to Self-Portrait curated by Antonio Nodar at Kathmandu Center for Contemporary Art, Kathmandu, Nepal (November)


    Rejoicing Spring at Manny’s Exhibition Space, Kathmandu, Nepal (March)

    2011 Ganesha at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal (September)

    2007 Art in Mind at Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK (July)




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