ABOUT
Visual Artist & Educator

In an image-driven world, I situate my practice in the elementary aspects of image-making. My work takes shape from the vantage point of Ladakh, situated in the remote Indian Himalayas, where I am currently based. Ladakh as a lived experience underpins my analog and camera-less photography, bookmaking, and mixed-media works.

Currently, I teach at the Naropa Fellowship in Ladakh: a post-graduate programme in entrepreneurial leadership and liberal arts, for the local and the Himalayan youth at large. I also manage the Naropa Centre for Writing & Communication–a unique facility that trains students in strategising written and visual communication.

My learnings in and from Ladakh have enabled my understanding of the world as one that does not exist of its own accord, but one that is dependent on causes and conditions. I come to terms with this by navigating through the region’s geography, ecology and local memories and practices, and attempt to arrive at manifestations of the same.

CV
EXHIBTIONS
2022

• ‘Political Statement’, LoosenArt, Rome, Italy
• ‘Women in Photography’ (photobook by Katerina Kouzmitcheva), BWA Wroclaw, Poland

2019

• Ladakh Literature Festival, Leh
• The Art Book Exhibition (shortlist display), Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

2018

• Kochi-Muziris Students’ Biennale
• Confluence & Mega Losar, New Delhi
• Head On Photo Festival, Australia

2017

• Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad
• Odesa-Batumi Photo Days, Georgia
• Delhi Art Slam, New Delhi
• Deep Listening, New Delhi

2016

• Contemporary Arts Week, New Delhi

2015

• Pukaar : Artists at Work Productions, New Delhi

AWARDS & GRANTS
2021

Prince Claus Seed Award, Prince Claus Fund

2019

Shortlist: Photobook Grant, Alkazi Foundation

2018

Designate Research Fellow, Sahapedia-UNESCO

2017

Winner: Portrait Prize, Indian Photo Festival

PAPER PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
2020

‘Itsy-Bitsy Writer’
What can writing do for you?–A conversation with writing faculty from across India;
Anant Fellowship, Anant National University, Ahmedabad

2019

‘Abounaddara and the Syrian Spectacle’ Safarnama–Young Scholars’ Conference;
Ambedkar University Delhi

2017

‘Through the Looking-Glass of the Viewfinder’ IP College for Women, University of Delhi
&
Jabberwock: Journal of the Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women,
University of Delhi

EMPLOYMENT
September 2021–Present

Associate Director & Faculty, Naropa Fellowship

March 2020–August 2021

Head of Academics, Naropa Fellowship

May 2019–Present

Manager, Naropa Centre for Writing & Communication, Naropa Fellowship

Get In Touch
contact@anujadasgupta.com
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