Pranay Dutta (b.1993, Kolkata, West Bengal, India) has a BVA and MVA in Painting from MSU, Baroda. He has been a part of various group shows such as Horizon against Nature, Gallery OED, 2016, Turn of the Tide, KHOJ International Artists Association, Delhi, 2018, Building Bridges, Emergent Art Space, USA, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore, 2018; Within|without, Asia House, London, UK, 2018, Art Asia, Goyang, South Korea, 2018, India Art Fair, Delhi, 2019, Geometries of Desire and Decay, Authority of Small Objects, Delhi, 2019, Delhi Contemporary Artweek, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 2019, Look, Stranger, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, 2019, and Thinking Matter, Space Studio, Vadodara, Gujarat, 2020. He has received the INLAKS Fine Art Award in 2019, FICA x MMF Emerging Artist award, Extended Support Platform as well as a grant from Five Million Incidents, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in 2020. He has been a resident artist at KHOJ International Workshop, Goa in 2017 and KHOJ Peers Share in 2019.
Pranay’s practice examines the complex relationship between terrestrial species and landscapes; drawing from the tension between our exploitative, extractive processes, and the fictions of care, mutation, survival, regeneration, and hope. Through painting, video, computer-generated imagery and video sculptures, he strives to evoke a sense of crumbling. Pranay invites viewers to become explorers or witnesses of unpredictable and isolating future microcosms. These are presented as immersive simulations where a collision between our collective futures, the past, and alternate versions of our present occur.
Pranay lives and works in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.