Paula Sengupta

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Paula Sengupta

Dr. Paula Sengupta born in 1967 is an artist, academician, curator, researcher and a writer who works using diverse mediums and techniques including found objects, hand embroidery, chintz, muslin, woodblock, nakshi kantha and applique. Paula’s repertoire as an artist includes broadsheets, artist’s books, objects, installation-performance work, and community art projects. Her creations often occupy and explore domestic spaces populated by women restricted by patriarchal conceptualizations of traditional gender roles. At the same time, they interrogate the impact and relics of colonial rule, often juxtaposing the Oriental with the Occidental. These themes are intimately connected with Dr Sengupta’s own past and family history as revealed through her use of text that serves both as historical record and poetic narration. This lends a personal and autobiographical character to her artwork, often centering on a desire to return to her family’s ancestral home in Bangladesh while simultaneously recording the experience of exile, enforced migration and resultant physical and psychological displacement that followed the Partition in 1947.

Paula Sengupta is also the author of The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking published by DAG, New Delhi and Foreign & Indigenous Influences in Indian Printmaking with LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany.

Paula Sengupta’s artwork has been exhibited at Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Drik Gallery, Dhaka; Nehru Centre, London among others. She has also curated shows in Kolkata and has participated in several residencies including Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California.

She has been a recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Research Grant. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor in the Printmaking Department of the Visual Arts Faculty, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She has also taught, as the Guest Faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata [1999-2003]. In addition to this, Dr. Sengupta is Secretary of the Khoj International Artist’s Association, Kolkata, an artist-led initiative dedicated to promoting alternate art practices.

The artist lives and works in Kolkata.

 

DR. PAULA SENGUPTA

Born in 1967, London, United Kingdom
Lives and works in Kolkata, India

EDUCATION

2000

PhD, Printmaking, Department of Graphic Art, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan

1992

MFA, Printmaking, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan

1989

BFA, Painting, College of Art, New Delhi

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011

Lv. Pony, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2009

Rivers of Blood, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Trousseau Tuck, Gallery Open-eyed Dreams, Kochi

2007

No.8 Shorts Bazaar/#8 Short Street, The Nuptial Chamber, Akar Prakar, Kolkata

2006

No.8 Shorts Bazaar/#8 Short Street, Project 88, Mumbai

2004

Real & Constructed Memories, Right Lines Gallery, Bangalore

2000

Exhibition of Prints, Atelier 2221, New Delhi
Exhibition of Prints, Nehru Centre, London
Exhibition of Prints, Right Lines Gallery, Bangalore

1998

Exhibition of Prints, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California

1997

Exhibition of Prints and Collages, Russi Mody Centre for Excellence, Jamshedpur
Exhibition of Drawings, Prints and Paintings, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1995

Exhibition of Drawings, Prints and Paintings, Emerald Isle Gallery, Kolkata

1992

Exhibition of Prints, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

1990

Exhibition of Paintings, Alliance Francaise, Kolkata

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

Narratives of the Self: Autobiographies, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2010

Stains on my Chintz, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata

2009

Intimate Lives, The Loft & Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Art Against Terrorism, Khoj Kolkata-Chisel Crafts Presentation, Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
Tell-Tale: Fiction, Falsehood & Fact, Gallery Experimenter, Kolkata
Imagism, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
Moving Beyond the Frame, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Beyond Convention – A Glimpse of Contemporary Trends in Bengal Art, Anant Art, Kolkata
Whose touch this is, I think I know, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

2008

A Celebration of Life-The Right Lines, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Venkatappa Gallery, Bangalore
Art Full Women – an exhibition of paintings by contemporary women artists, Weaver’s Studio Center for the Arts, Kolkata
The Magic of Monochrome, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata
Canvas 2008, Legends of India and ICCR, Kolkata
To all whom it may concern, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata
Exhibition of prints, Kanvas Art Gallery, Kolkata
Parama, Galerie La Mere, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata
Changing Images, Time and Space Gallery, Bangalore
Off the Beaten Path, South Asian Exhibition organised by the Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Drik Gallery, Dhaka

2007

Synchrome 4, Akar Prakar, Kolkata; Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Inaugural Show, Ganges Art, Kolkata
Spring, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata
Parama, Galerie La Mere, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata

2006

Pastiche, Gallery Red Earth, Vadodara
Mark, Etch and Print, Art Konsult, New Delhi
Synchrome 3, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Addressing Unreason, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
Other Directions, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
Footprints – Women in Indian Printmaking, Colab Art & Architecture, Bangalore; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad
Artists Care for Children, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
20 Drawings in Support of Khoj Kolkata, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Parama, Galerie La Mere, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata
Creativity & Disjuncture, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Art Exhibition, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata

2005

Synchrome 2, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Art for Giving, Spandan Gallery, Kolkata
Versions, The Zest Group, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
Are we like this only?, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

2004

Art Watch, Galerie 88, Kolkata
State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad
Parama, Galerie La Mere, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata

2003

Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

2002

Galerie 88, Kolkata

2001

Harvest, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
The Printmakers, Right Lines Gallery, Bangalore
Art of Bengal, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata

1999

Sanjog, Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
Art of Bengal, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Art in Life, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
Exhibition of prints, Jamshedpur School of Art, Jamshedpur
Exhibition of Prints, ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi
Exhibition of Prints, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

1998

Annual Exhibitions, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

1994

Exhibition for Emerald Isle Annual Challenge Trophy, Kolkata
Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

1993

Exhibition of Drawings and Prints, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Exhibition of Prints, Gallery Katayun, Kolkata

1992

Exhibition of Prints, Gallery BF14, Kolkata
Exhibition of Prints, Centre Art Gallery, Kolkata
Impressions: The New India; Tata Centre, Kolkata
National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1991

Exhibition for Young Talents, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
All India Fine Art Exhibition, Gadag, Karnataka
Introduction 91, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
Composition 91, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

1989

Exhibition of Prints, Group 8, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi
Yuva Mahotsav, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
Annual Exhibition, Sahitya Kala Parishad New Delhi

1987

Youth Art Exhibition, Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Year, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

ART FAIRS

2001

Printfest, Ulverston, UK

1996

9th Rashtriya Kala Mela, Victoria Memorial Grounds, Kolkata

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2010

Stains on my Chintz, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata

2009

Tell-Tale: Fiction, Falsehood & Fact, Gallery Experimenter, Kolkata

WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES

2009

Printmaking seminar-cum-workshop, Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata

2008

Conducted Workshops in Making Artist’s Books, Porapara Space for Artists, Chittagong and Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka
Workshop in Non-Toxic Printmaking, Kolkata, organised by Art Border Line, London
Britto International Artist’s Workshop, Bogra, Bangladesh

2006

Organised Khoj Kolkata– An International Artist’s Workshop, Kolkata
Khoj Kolkata – Exploring Initiatives, Khoj International Artist’s Association Workshop, Narendrapur, West Bengal

2005

Khoj Mumbai, Khoj International Artist’s Workshop, Vasind

2004

That Void, installation-performance, State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad

2003

Conducted Papermaking Workshop, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata
Theory and Practise of the Organisation of an Art Exhibition, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata
That Void, installation-peformance, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

2002

Sovabazar 36, workshop and performance conducted by ELAN, Wales, Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata
Papermaking Workshop, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
White Cube, Indo-German art project, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata
Conducted Linocut Workshop National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata
That Void, print-installation-performance presented at Bodysattva, Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata

1999

That Void, installation-performance, Right Lines Gallery, Bangalore

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2008

Artist-in-Residence, Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2007

Charles Wallace India Trust Research Grant and British Council, Kolkata Grant for Independent Research in UK on 19th Century Bazaar Printmaking in the Indian Subcontinent

2000

Guest Artist, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Stuttgart, Germany

1998

Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California

1993

University Grants Commission Research Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, India

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