Arpita Akhanda

Arpita Akhanda born 1992 Cuttack, Odisha, completed her Masters in painting from Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati in 2017. Working with a wide range of artistic mediums and disciplines, from painting and weaving to performance, her works are interdisciplinary, revealing a subtle, wider connection to cultural politics, memory and history. In her recent paper weavings on the pandemic, she thoughtfully uses the medium itself as a message, intertwining the suffering of the migrant workers, who made a long painful journey home on foot during the lockdown with the great mass migration of 1947, the traumatic memories of which she heard from her grandparents, who had migrated from Bangladesh to India. Arpita has exhibited widely in India and abroad. She has participated in several group shows, including Departure at Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata (2010); Freeing the Book at Manor, New Delhi (2020); Inside the Fibre at Artsacre, Kolkata (2019); Texting Being at Teertha International Performance Platform, Colombo (2019); Shape of Things at Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata (2017); among others. She was awarded the State Award Fellowship in New Media by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation in 2019. Arpita Akhanda lives and works in Santiniketan, West Bengal.

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