“Coming from an agricultural family, I am naturally involved with land and exploring its changing dynamics is one of my interests as an artist.”
Born in Tripura, Gopa Roy studied painting at Visva Bharati University, graduating in 2015. She was the subject of the solo exhibition at Triveni Gallery (New Delhi, 2021). In addition, she has participated in Rice Eaters 101 I NE online exhibition organised by Emami Art (2021); KG Subrahmanyan at NIV Art Centre (New Delhi, 2021); 61st National Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademy (New Delhi, 2020); A-Part: Stories of Lands and Lines at Akar Prakar Contemporary (New Delhi, 2021); Emerging Palette at Shrishti Art Gallery (Hyderabad, 2018) and many other group exhibitions in India.
Gopa Roy has received several grants and awards, including the Emerging Artist Award 2020 by FICA and Mrinalini Mukharjee Foundation and the National Junior Artist’s Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Coming from an agricultural family, her artistic practice is deeply connected with nature and land. She experiments and creates with various materials that she collects as a post-industrial forager and puts them in multiple dialogues, sometimes synchronic and sometimes juxtaposed. She creates abstract
compositions with paper made of straws and plant fibres, etching and drawings in metal or glass as well as on-site environmental installations. Her work is further reinforced with meticulous field surveys and photographic documentation that enrich her understanding of the land.
She lives and works in New Delhi.
“In childhood, we were free, but as we grow up, we discover our limitations. So, as an artist, memories are most important for me.”
Born in 1996 in Bardhaman, West Bengal, Moumita Basak completed her BFA and now pursuing MFA from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. She has participated in Bombay Art Society’s Annual Art Exhibition (Mumbai, 2021); Kochi Student Biennale (Kerala, 2021); the Annual Exhibition at Birla Academy (Kolkata, 2021); Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC) (Kolkata, 2019); and many other group exhibitions in India.
She has received the Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Scholarship and Ajay Bankim Memorial Scholarship, both by GCAC.
Drawing her inspirations from the familiar and mundane, Moumita’s work is deeply provoked by solitude and her interconnectedness with the surrounding. Enriched with rumination and nostalgia, her works explore femininity at the level of both modalities and image. Merging the internal with the external world, her needlework reminds us of a solitude that is historically connected with womanhood.
She lives and works in Kolkata.
“For me, every still object in nature is not dead, inanimate things but can take one into a kind of voyage into the incidents, happenings, events, stories and impacts of a time-span.”
Born in 1988 in Koderma, Jharkhand, Tahsin Akhtar studied painting at Jamia Milia University and Collage of Art, University of Delhi, graduating in 2011. He has exhibited his work in Disolate at Museo Camera (Gurugram, 2021); Call to Disorder at Serindipidy Art Festival (Goa, 2019); A Prologue to Unreal at Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi, 2012); and many others. Tahsin received many awards and grants, including Artreach Teaching Fellowship, Hyderbard’s State Gallery of Art Award, and AIFACS award.
A multimedia artist, Tahsin works in various mediums like painting, sculpture, artificial intelligence, video, photography, and performance. He creates surreal visions that are both whimsical and critical. Moving between personal and universal, his practice that now merges observation with contemplation has evolved over time. Triggered by his relocation to his hometown during the pandemic, his current works explore psychological nuances in terms of material encounters regarding human conditioning in the shifting reality. Exploring the phenomena of multiple co-existing identities, perceptions, human-machine relationships in this digital era, his work also connects the individual with the politico-aesthetic regimes of our time.
Tahsin Akhtar lives and works in Jharkhand.