Sandeep Biswas


Photography and installation, adding a sculptural dimension Photography and beyond- Looking for a third dimension


Sandeep Biswas finished Art College in 1993 & took to working with an Advertising Agency for 2 years before realizing he wanted to pursue photography as a career, which had been his love as a medium of expression since his school days. He was awarded by AIFACS ( All India Fine Art & Craft Society) twice in 1997 & 1999 among with Sahitya Kala parishad in 1993, Alliance francaise de Delhi in 1993 and Neel Dongre Award for excellence in Photography by India Photo Archive Foundation in 2013. In 2001 Japan Foundation sponsored him for a two person show along with a Japanese photographer, following which he was awarded the Japan Foundation Fellowship in the same year to go to Kyoto Univesity of Art & Design, as a visiting associate fellow at the photography department for 6 months. He has also been awarded the Visual Art gallery, India habitat Center fellowship for photography in 2005 and in 2017 he is awarded the Senior Artist Fellowship for extraordinary persons in the field of culture ( Visual Arts-Photography) by the Ministry of Culture in India Sandeep has been a part of over 50 group shows in India, France, Germany, UK & Sri Lanka, South Korea with renowned art galleries. He has had 5 solo shows of which 3 have been in New Delhi, Arpana Art gallery in March 2003 with support of Japan Foundation, VIART Gallery in September 2005 & April 2010. His 3rd show was at Nairang Gallery organized by Ms.Salima Hashmi ( Rohtas 2) , Lahore Pakistan in November 2006. He recently had his last solo exhibition “ENTRAPMENT” with ABADI ART SPACE, New Delhi, Curated by Jose Abad in April 2012 His works are exhibited as a part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO 2007, Texas, USA and the ARTSINGAPORE 2007 & INDIA ART FAIR 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2013, HOTEL ART FAIR, Seoul, Korea- 2010 & India’s first ever online art fair India Art Collective in 2011 He has curated an exhibition of 9 photographers "VISION BEYOND" with gallery Art Indus - April 2007, an exhibition of photographs "A long road home" with photography gallery Wonderwall- July 2007, “A Tribute to The Lens” an exhibition of Lens based art for M F Husain Gallery, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi & Co curated the group show Unnatural landscapes with Jose Abad for Abadi Art Space in October 2013. His works are a part of various public & private collections in India & abroad. His works were published as special features in Magazines in India, Japan, Sweden, USA. He has also been part of some important Art activism projects to address issues to create awareness on Gender, Environment and Human Rights. Sandeep lives & works as a freelance photographer in Delhi. He spends his time between doing commercial photography, documentary photography, teaching photography & creating his own work that he exhibits with art galleries. His clientele includes Advertising Agencies, magazines, UNICEF & various other private clients. He recently finished working over a year for a book on Culture & Festivals of Rajasthan for a private publisher & a book on Polio Eradication in India for UNICEF released in 2014. He also worked on reimaging People of India,( a re interpretation of the first ever published photographic book in India commissioned by Lord & Lady canning in 1850 and compiled by Watson & kaye in 1868) commissioned to him by India Photo Archive Foundation, curated by Aditya Arya. Just finished documenting a book on the Biodiversity of Aravali hills in Haryana, India. Aravalis are among the oldest mountain ranges in the world, now getting lost to rampant urbanization in the State. He has taught as visiting faculty with a few institutes including National Institute of fashion Technology, WLC , Delhi School of Photography, Udaan School of Photography & Apex institute of photographic excellence in Delhi, Pearl Academy Delhi And World School of Design, Sonepat. Has been a external Jury/Examiner (photography) with Pearl Academy and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, He was also on the panel to select state awards for photography, for Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and languages in 2015. Sandeep has held workshops on photography for Habitat World, India habitat Center, New Delhi & Canon Camera’s at the School of Convergence and Udaan School of Photography, Cadennce Systems India Ltd, Noida, Lalit Kala Akademy, Education Times Boutique 2015, Pearl Academy, Delhi, Food and Agriculture organization for the United nations & Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi. www.sandeepbiswas.in


Photography is a 2 dimentional medium, either on print, on a digital screen or a projection. It is considered a realistic medium of showing a truth and the purity of the environment around the photographer. Over the years the word multi disciplinary art has become the modern trend, where a photograph, now recreates itself in a newer dimension, by adding other material other than just a photograph. Here a photographic image can take a sculptural form, it can deconstruct itself from a regular photographic image, or even the way we install a photograph in form of imagery and its presentation. Here we will look at taking a photographic imagery along with everyday use or found objects, juxtaposing them into a single context . We can do site specific installations with the photographic images and push our creative sensibilities beyond the cliched physicality of the medium and beyond our own perception. We will be creating teams of students, as collective and in collaboration. I as a felicitator will work as a curator and help them develop their works for the final display. Here we can use Threads, Wood, Stones, Bricks, metal sheets, wires, plastic sheets and everyday kitchen equipment like knives, spoons, forks, plates and chopping boards. We will need a printer and paint thinner to transfer images to different surfaces. Apart from these examples, there can be more material that can be thought according to the students ideas.