13 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
Samit Das's works and practice find their core in the archive. At TARQ, his works look at urban growth and the cityscape in what will be his first major solo exhibition in Mumbai in the last ten years. His multimedia works on board are meticulous in their attention to detail, and their sculptural quality combines a variety of materials (iron, paint, archival images, found objects and wood) to create a stunning culmination of the various threads of his practice.
Exhibition Catalogue: Bibliography In Progress
Born in 1970 in Jamshedpur, Samit Das began his formal artistic training at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1994, where he continued on to do his Masters degree two years later. In 2000, he participated in the Associate Student Post Graduate Program at the Camberwell College of Art, London. Das was the recipient of the BRIC scholarship which led to him spending time in Italy in 2011. He was also awarded the ProHelvetia Research fellowship in 2016 and has been recently chosen as a Pernod Ricard Fellow.
Samit Das' practice is influenced by his fascination with documentation and the archive. Das' love for the archive and his Santiniketan roots culminated in a documentation project at the Tagore Museum in Kolkata between 1999 and 2001. He went on to work on another project - an exhibition titled The Idea of Space and Rabindranath Tagore that was exhibited in numerous venues including Lalit Kala Academy (New Delhi), India International Centre (New Delhi) , Victoria Memorial Hall (Kolkata) and Freies Museum (Berlin).
Das has exhibited extensively in India and abroad while also participating in projects such as the art installation project at the international airport in Mumbai which was curated by Rajiv Sethi. He has also authored two books - Architecture of Santiniketan: Tagore's Concept of Space, published by Niyogi Books, New Delhi and Hotel New Bengal - a limited edition book published by Onestar Press, Paris.
Samit Das lives and works in New Delhi.