University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
MASTER OF FINE ARTS, 2017
Research based, inter-disciplinary art practice.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts;
DIPLOMA IN FINE ART, 2009
POST BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE IN FINE ART, 2008
Painting, Drawing, and Filmmaking.
St. Xavier's College; Kolkata, India
BACHELOR OF ARTS, 2006
English Literature. Electives: Film Studies and Journalism.
Institute of Curatorial Practice, Hampshire College
University Museum of Contemporary Art
September 2015 to April 2016
Diversity Fellowship Award
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
September 2014 - April 2015
Is it a privilege or a predicament to be a cultural crossbreed? The cultural transaction that took place when I left India to study in Boston was very simple. Having no intention of staying permanently in the United States, I embraced the experiences of a new culture, seldom glancing east. However, that changed when I got married to a person of American origin, making a commitment to live here, to raise children here – children who will be half-Indian, half-American. As I found myself getting deeper into a dynamic cross-cultural reality, it became increasingly important for me to reevaluate and understand the role of cultural identity. I felt the need to reexamine issues of exile, memory, language, heritage, history, and race. In doing so, I began to discover that I myself am a place, a witness, a container, and a catalyst for cultural productions that go beyond my individual position. This, in conjunction with my insatiable fascination with the universal and the quotidian, is the primary motivation driving my work.
My practice is located at the intersection of academia and the studio. Furthermore, my research is constantly informed by the experiences gathered while traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Calcutta, India, the latter being the place where I was born.