IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Nandita Raman
Nandita Raman
Nandita Raman

In my ongoing work, I’m exploring the idea of ‘Utopia’ and the irresistible longing for an ideal place. Instead of a near-perfect order of society envisioned by a single individual in a position of intellectual or political power, is it possible to think of the utopian place as an organic, breathing structure that embraces multiple imagination and constant change? We often bestow meaningful attention on systems outside of us: political, social, and ideological. But structures exist within us too: prejudices, judgments, a desire for organization.

A Reverent Commemoration of Sequence of Heroic Acts uses the motif of statues in public spaces to examine the impulse of placing responsibility of our lives on someone else—shepard, guru or political leader. Carving in metal is a literal way of inscribing an image in history, serving as a tool for propaganda and selective memorialization. The text accompanying the images are excerpts from conversations with people who reside in the town and navigate the squares and parks where these statues are located as part of their everyday lives. This is a work-in-progress that began at an artist residency in Slovakia, Zilina in 2013.

(Solo and Two person)
A Different Order, Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna, Fall 2014 (upcoming)
Remembering Absent Meaning, MFA Studios ICP-Bard, NY 2012
Cinema Play House, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN September 2011
Cinema Play House, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, NC. 2010

Rectangle Square, SepiaEYE Gallery, NYC, September 2014
On Permanence and Change, Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC, 2014
Do Dovch, PlusMinus Gallery, Žilina, Slovakia, 2013
Present Memory, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York City 2013
Dark Matter, Conveyor Arts, New Jersey, 2012
Art That Iterates, Columbia University, NYC, 2012
MFA group show, International Center of Photography, NYC, 2012
Book Exhibition, CCS Museum Library, Bard College, NY, 2011
FLATFILE gallery, Chicago 2008

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, Indiana
Library of International Center of Photography, New York City
Center For Curatorial Studies Library, Bard College, NY

Paris Photo, Paris and L.A. 2013

Talks and lectures
Indiana University South Bend, 2012
Snite Museum of Art, 2011
University of Notre Dame, 2011

Guest blogger for Camera Club of New York’s Blog, April -June 2014
Text for book Ofrenda photographs by Sebastián Szyd, published by Antennae Collection

Publications/ Editorials
Sept, April 2014
Take issue on Photography,Vol III, Issue12, 2013
Dark Matter, Issue no. 4, Conveyor Arts, December, 2012
Harper’s Magazine, September 2011
Marg Magazine, September, 2011
The Sunday Guardian, Delhi, April 2, 2011
Elle, India 2010

Fellowship/ Awards
Director’s Fellowship 2010-11, International Center for Photography
Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize 2010
Nominated for Paul Huf Award 2010
SARAI Independent Fellowship for photographing Cinema Halls, 2006

Stanica Cultural Centre, Slovakia, 2013

MFA Bard-ICP Advanced Photographic Studies in Photography, NY, 2012
Bachelor of Arts, University of Delhi, 2008
Diploma in Communication Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India, 2000
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