Artist Talk, Monday, 17 August 2019, 2pm
Hikayat, 226, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang

Exhibition, 5-31 August 2019, Hin Bus Depot



What is and what is not represented? How is it represented, and why? Do we present the mere body in our work continuing our fetishistic obsession with the material, or do we also look at the spirit and other intangible qualities mankind inherits? If the classical representational approaches has divided us instead of bridging the society, then what alternatives do we have today Through an illustrated talk on Imagined Homeland (2013-19), his seven-year-long surrealistic exploration of the mythical life of the indigenous Lisu tribe, De will deliberate on the representational problems cited above and present his work as a cultural resistance against the skewed classical approaches favouring exploration of alternate aesthetics.


Sharbendu De is a lens-based artist, academic and a writer. He is the 2018 winner of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer of the Year, was a Finalist, LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards 2019, and was shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year Scholarship. His seven-year-long project Imagined Homeland received the 2018 Lucie Foundation’s Photo Made Scholarship and an Art Research Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts (2017). Imagined Homeland was exhibited at FORMAT (2019), MOPLA (2019), Indian Photography Festival (2018), Tblisi Photo Festival (2018), Voies Off Awards at Les Recontres d’Arles (2018) and Eyes on Main Street Wilson, USA (2018); it was shortlisted for Athens Photo Festival (2018), Lucie Foundation’s Photo Made Scholarship (2017), and was a Nominee, 'PhotogrVphy Grant (2017). De has an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London (2010) and presently teaches documentary photography and Visual Arts at prestigious Universities and cultural institutions in India.

This project is supported by an Art Research Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, and Lucie Foundation.

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