Swagata Bhattacharyya is from 24 Parganas in West Bengal. He is a graduate with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Painting from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2018, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Visual Art in Painting from MSU of Baroda. He has received the Inlaks Fine Art Award in 2020 and the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU in 2020. Currently, he lives and works in Baroda.
Swagata is continually drawn to myths – of the city and our existence – to examine it in it’s literalness and expose the absurdity and dichotomy of the narratives; to push it beyond real experiences within a realm of nightmarish fictions. He has delved into these concerns through the media of drawing, photography, video and three-dimensional models, all of which intersect with one another.
The inclination to chart the vastness of the urban sprawl and to push the city itself unto impossibilities had governed his work prior. But apart from the overview, the inner workings of a city moves him as well – the question was not merely what a city looks like, but what does it’s design constitute of? How does a constructed space become a physical manifestation of power and ideology? How does a one-dimensional idea of growth, development, prosperity, and hope come to govern, through a city plan, it’s people? How do these factors come at the cost of destructions and displacements, of human and nature, that occur without reconsideration?
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