CV

​​​​

Kurchi Dasgupta


India Address: EE 108 Salt Lake, Sector II, Kolkata 700 091  
NeNepal Address: C-51 Vinayak Colony, Bhaisepati, Kathmandu, Nepal  Tel: +977 9808187574


E-mail: kurchi.dasgupta@gmail.com, Website: www.kurchidasgupta.com


My main areas of practice are art-making, art writing, curation and theatre acting. Information on each is provided under a separate header.

Solo Art Shows:

2010       1. Bishoy Mahabharata at The Nehru Centre in Mayfair, London (September).

                2. Bishoy Mahabharata at Imago Dei Gallery, Kathmandu (August).

                3. The Mahabharata: An Impression at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu (January).

2008       4. World Cinema: A Dialogue at Millennium Gallery, London (September).

Group Art Shows:

2018       She in South Asia, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata (which I co-curated) (February)  

2017       Things Lost/Remembering the Future, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata (which I co-curated) (March)

2016       Ardor, Indian Cultural Centre, Kolkata (March)

2015       Shuladharini, Indian Cultural Centre, Kolkata (August)

2014       Understanding Gender, Artist Proof Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal (March)

                United Art Fair in Delhi, India (September)

                Kalajatra at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu, Nepal (August)

                Random Reveries at Bikalpa Art Center, Kathmandu, Nepal (August)

                Tasmeem Doha Design Biennale at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar (March)

2012       Evolving Within as part of Kathmandu Quartet, at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal (September)

                From Portrait to Self-Portrait curated by Antonio Nodar at Kathmandu Center for Contemporary Art,                     

                Kathmandu, Nepal (November)

                Rejoicing Spring at Manny’s Exhibition Space, Kathmandu, Nepal (March)

2011       Ganesha at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal (September)

2007       Art in Mind at Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK (July)

Curation:


2018               Small Histories: Memory as Practice, Memory as Ethics

2018               She in South Asia (Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata)

2017               Things Lost/Remembering the Future (Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata)      

Others:

Member of AICA (International Association of Art Crtitcs) since 2016

Nominator for the Sovereign Asia Art Prize for Nepal and India since 2014.

Nominated as one of the ten most important women artists of Nepal by Art Radar in 2014.


Writings:

I write a column on art and culture, in The Kathmandu Post, twice a month.

Regular contributions to magazines and prestigious e-zines:

Frieze Magazine (www.frieze.com) (London),  Asian Art News (Hong Kong), Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Art India (http://www.artindiamag.com/Volume22-Issue-1/current_issue.html )(Delhi), Art and Deal (New Delhi), Depart (http://www.departmag.com/index.php/en/page/contributors ) (Dhaka), Hyperallergic (https://hyperallergic.com/62301/painting-is-alive-and-kicking-at-the-kathmandu-international-art-festival/)(New York),  Ibraaz (Dubai), ECS Magazine (Kathmandu),  Friday Magazine (Kathmandu), Nukta Art Magazine (Karachi), Republica (Kathmandu), The Himalayan Times (Kathmandu), The Kathmandu Post (https://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/author/kurchi+dasgupta ) (Kathmandu).  

Residency: 

2018       ACC Weimar artist in residence (October -January)

2012       Rediscovering Kathmandu Valley at Lasanaa Art Hub, Kathmandu, Nepal (April)

                Spices performance at Lasanaa Art Hub with Smitha Cariappa and Ashmina Ranjit (April).

 

Workshops:

 2013      ‘End Violence against Women’, National Academy of Fine Art (October).

                 'Free Impression: Freedom of Expression’ workshop with Thomas Kilpper at Lasanaa Live Art Hub, Kathmandu                        (October).

                With Ted Barr, Kathmandu Center for Contemporary Art (August).

2012       Gurukul Art Meet at Mandala Theatre, Kathmandu, Nepal (November).

                Critical Thinking Workshop at Lasanaa Art Hub, Kathmandu (January).

2007       Democracy and Civic Education and Cartoons with Danish INGO, MS Nepal. 

Awards:

University Gold Medal (Jadavpur University, 1999)

Talks:

2018       Panelist, ‘Writing Recent Exhibition Histories of Large Scale Recurring Exhibitions in South Asia’, Dhaka Art          

                Summit

2014       Panelist, Colombo Art Biennale:

                1) The 'C' Word, Defining Curating Practice (January 31)

                2) Regional Histories, Regional Art Perspectives (February 1)                      

2013       Panelist, AICA (International Art Critics Association) Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

                Art in Nepal at AWON (November).

               Femininity and Sexuality in the works of Women Artists of Nepal at Martin Chautari (monthly art talk), 

               Kathmandu.

               Brief Overview of my Works at Tasmeem Doha at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar   (March)

2012       My Journey as an Artist at Indian Women’s Club, Kathmandu (May).

                Importance of Theory in Art Practice at Martin Chautari, Kathmandu (May).                       

Books:

2009       A Torn Quilt Tale (translated into English), pub. By National Book Trust, India

2008       Possessions (translated into English), pub. By Sahitya Akademi, India

2004       The Death Trap (translated into English), pub. By Rupa & Co.

Acting profile:

Lead roles in One World Theatre productions: Telling a Tale (2014), The Laramie Project (2015), The Laramie Project Ten Years Later (2017), Three Sisters (2018).

 Others:

 Chief Executive Officer, The Society For the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Films (2004-2006).
Director, Lotus Print (2002-2004).
West Bengal State Fellowship for individual research at Jadavpur University, 2003

Education :        

1998                       MA in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata                                                                                                                (First Class, University Gold Medal)

1996                       BA in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

                                (best score)       

1994                       Diploma in Commercial Arts, BILAMS

1993                       Diploma in German Language, Goethe Institute, Kolkata

 

Personal:                             Indian National, b. 1974; Married, with a son.

 

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