Samit Das

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Samit Das

Samit Das, born in 1970 in Jamshedpur, specializes in Painting, Photography, Collages and Artist’s Books creating multi-sensory environments through art and architectural installations. His fascination with the act of excavation has led him to build his own personal archives which he links to the larger context of architecture, urbanism, history and memory resulting in documentation. His works become a philosphical reflection and an aesthetical composition with an interplay between traditional practice and modernity. His unique visual vocabulary through its many layered textures and abstracted forms become a testament to his deep interest in archiving and documenting.

Das studied Fine Arts from Santiniketan Kala Bhavan and Post Experience Program from Camberwell College of Arts, London through British Council Scholarship [ CWIT]. He has held several solo shows and has been a part of numerous curated shows and projects in New York, Paris, London, Singapore, Senegal [Dakar Biennale], New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. He has documented the Tagore House Museum in Kolkata [1999-2001]

His research on Santiniketan Architecture started from his MFA Studies, has culminated into a publication titled –Architecture of Santiniketan : Tagore’s Concepts of Space. In 2011 he received the BRIC scholarship and in 2016 the Prohelvetia grant for Switzerland. His most recent solo exhibit has been at Clark House Initiative and Tarq in Mumbai (India). ??

He has also been awarded the Pernod Ricard Fellowship for 2017 to work on Modern Indian Masters Painters with Paris Connection.

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

 

SAMIT DAS

Born in 1970, Jamshedpur, India

Lives and works in New Delhi, India

EDUCATION

2002

Post Experience Program, Camberwell College of Arts, London

1996

MFA, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, West Bengal

1994

BFA, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, West Bengal

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Apologue and Archaeology, Gallery Espace, New delhi

Bibliography in Progress, Tarq, Mumbai

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

Developed furniture in collaboration with wood carvers of Murshidabad and Siki grass artist from Bihar, World craft Council and Apparao Galleries, Chennai

Art Video, Video Festival, NGMA, New Delhi

The Idea of Space and Rabindranath Tagore, Freies Museum, Berlin

2011

Home Spun, Devi Art Foundation

2010

Whole, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

Home, AirSpace Gallery, United Kingdom

2008

Maximum City, Gallery Helene Lamarque, Paris

Group Show, Gallery Alain Le Gaillard, Paris

Hotel New Bengal, Nature Morte, New Delhi

Click, Contemporary Photography of India, New Delhi and Grosvenor Gallery, London

2007

Group Show, Royal College of Art, Henry Moore Gallery, London

2006

Art Link Project, IFA Germany, Berlin

Collaborative Digital Portfolio, V9u9 Studio, Cardiff

2005

Resonance, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2004

Vanitas Vanitatum, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Looking Back to Looking Forward, New Delhi

The Making of India, Sahmat, New Delhi

2003

Great Arc Show, Atlantis Gallery, London

Roots en Routes, British Council, New Delhi

2002

Photo Transcendent, Bose Pacia Modern, New York

Glue, Bengaluru

1999

Edge of the Century, New Delhi

Multimedia Art of the Nineties, CIMA, Kolkata

1997

40th National Exhibition of Art, Bengaluru

PUBLICATIONS

2015

The Need of Archives and Indian Art, Tarapada Santra Foundation

2014

Essence of Tagore’s Writings, Christies India Catalogue

2012

Resonance of Swami Vivekanda and Art of Nandalal Bose, India Horizon, ICCR Journal

2009

Intach Heritage Number [on Tagore Architecture]

2008

Hotel new Bengal, One Star Press, France

Others

Tagore’s Concepts of Space and Architecture of Santiniketan, Niyogi Books

Reborn in India

Ekok Matra, Kolkata

Essay on Home and World

Essay on Santiniketan Architecture, based on Alain Danielou and Raymond Baurnier Photo Show, ICCR, New Delhi and Chittagaon

My Best Eight Cities, Art Asia Pacific

CURATION AND RESEARCH-BASED PROJECTS

2017

International Symposium, Villa Vassilieff, Paris

2016

India is a Living Museum [on Alain Danielou’s work], New Delhi

Material and Transformation into Art, Sitterwerk, St. Gallen

In Search of Visual Vocabulary, Cabinet Foundation, Basel

2015

Video Bites on Nandalal Bose and Gaganendranath Tagore, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

Essence of Indian Drawing, FICA and Kiran Nadar Museum of Arts, New Delho

2014

In Search of Artist Book, Tarq, Mumbai

Resonance of Swami Vivekananda and Art of Nandalal Bose, Lalit Kala Akademi, supproted by Ministry of Culture

2013

You are said to be me, Tagore’s Drawings, India Habitat Centre

2011

Idea of Space and Architecture of Santiniketan, Lalit Kala Akademi and Victoria Memorial Hall, supported by Ministry of Culture

Architecture of Rabindranath Tagore and Today’s Enviornment, IIC, New Delhi

Architecture of Santiniketan, NGMA, Bengaluru

Talk on Tagore’s Architecture and Santiniketan, Nehru Memorial Library, Teen Murti, New Delhi

PROJECTS AND RESIDENCIES

2015

Looking at Srilankan Mural and Frescoes, Teertha Residency, Red Dot Gallery, Colombo

2014

Mumbai International Airport

2012

Tagore Architecture Project, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka

2011

Context and Content Museum as Metaphor, Chandigarh

2010

Album Project, AT Britto Residency, Bangladesh

Bees and Beehives, Hyatt Chennai

2009

Installation at Leela Kempinsly, Rose Wood Hall, Gurugram

2005

Janghu Journey, residency at Lijjiang, China

Kalaghoda Art Festival, Mumbai

FELLOWSHIPS

2017

ProHelvetia Fellowship, to study at Material Archive and Library at Sitterwerk, Switzerland

Pernod Ricard Fellowship, Villa Vassilief, Paris

COLLECTIONS

International

National Art Library: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

National

Tata Steel

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