Kabir Mohanty is a filmmaker and a video artist.
His films and videos have been shown at the Oberhausen,
Rotterdam, Torino, Hawaii, Bilbao, Bombay and World
Wide Video Festivals. As a filmmaker he has worked
mainly as part of an ensemble that includes a cinematographer,
a sound recordist, actors, an editor. His video work
tends to be more solo, though some of his filmmaking
In the last few years most of these works, have been
in digital video. Sometimes they are to be viewed
in a darkened room with stereo sound, the way we view
projected works in the moving image. At other times
they are video and sound installations.
For his film work he has been the recipient of the
Hubert Bals Fund Award, Rotterdam Film Festival; Fond
Sud Award, France; and a grant from the Prince Claus
Fund, Netherlands. For his video work he has received
a collaboration grant from the India Foundation for
the Arts, Bangalore with sound recordist and designer,
He studied filmmaking at the University of Iowa with
filmmaker Leighton Pierce and film theorist Dudley
Andrew, and earlier Economics at Presidency College,
Between September 2002 and June 2004 he was a Visiting
Artist in the Art Department, UCLA.
In August 2009 he will be mounting a Solo Show with
Chatterjee and Lal Gallery, Bombay. In 2006 he had
a Solo Show with GallerySKE, Bangalore where dwelling
was first shown as an installation.
He lives in Bombay. His colleagues over the years
in that city have included Piyush Shah, Rafey Mehmood,
Paresh Kamdar, D.Wood, Bahauddin Dagar, Resul Pookutty,
Setu and Biju Dhanapalan; and outside the city Amitabh
Chakraborty, Madhav Chari, Vikram Joglekar and more
recently Padmini Chettur. He feels this has been a
vital source of the work.