SANDEEP DHOPATE

Sandeepʼs works explore the intersections between religion, spirituality and sexuality often questioning our current moral values system established through a mass blind acceptance of a generalised truth.

His unique visual style, Indian in its aesthetics, uses colours and symbolisms to further his stories. His approach towards staged portraiture creates a tension between what is real and what is fiction. By challenging widely held understandings of Indian culture, he employs a narrative style that blurs the lines between reality and fiction often forcing the viewer to think about parallel interpretations of contemporary beliefs. A recipient of several awards, he has regularly displayed his works at exhibitions and photo festivals both in India and internationally.

Apart from his personal fine art work, Sandeep is currently involved in other endeavours. He heads a venture dedicated to the upliftment of Indian Handicraft businesses, is the Creative Head at Lensational – a UK based NGO working towards women empowerment through photography, and teaches the craft of story telling to individuals whose stories are often ignored by main stream media. 


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Gallery 7, Mumbai

G3, Oricon House, 12 /14 Rampart Row, K. Dubash Rd.,
Kalaghoda, Mumbai 400 001.

AWARDS AND EXHIBITS

Egaro Photo Festival, Agartala, Tripura, India 2017 – “Elysium”
Fòcas Scotland – Commissioned by the British Council and Creative Scotland as part of the ‘UK/India Year of Culture 2017’ to make new lens-based work that shall travel through UK and India during 2018 – Edinburgh, UK 2017
Invited by ‘Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality’ to exhibit a self-curated collection as part of an international conference on Sex Education. – Bikaner house, New Delhi,  November 2017
Disappearing Dialogues , Group Show, Bikaner House, New Delhi – November 2017 – “Medina Bhavan – The last bastion of the Maihar Gharana”
An Lanntair Arts Centre, Isle of Lewis, UK  2017 – “Elysium”
A Surreal Vision, Group Show, Loosen Art, Italy  2017 – “Elysium”
The Realm of Queer Desires – India Culture Lab, Mumbai, India 2017  “Tṛtīya Prakṛti” (Third Nature)
One Fest Goa – Goa, India 2016 – “Elysium”
Addis Foto Festival, Ethiopia 2016 – “Elysium”
MerchantsOfCool features “Manthan” as part of a curated series of works by renowned fine art photographers of India. – 2016
Part  10 internationally selected group of artists for a collaborative research program titled “Disappearing Dialogues” in Art Ichol, Maihar, Madhya Pradesh. Works to be exhibited at Bikaner House, New Delhi – 2016.
Public House Of Art, Amsterdam, Launch of “Elysium”. 2016.
LensCulture.com, USA, February 2016 – Featured Collection – “Elysium”
LensCulture.com, USA, January 2016 – Featured on the homepage – “smaraNa – A Recollection”
Invited by IIT for TechFest -2015, Mumbai 2015
Named by Homegrown as one of the top 9 artists in India who are exploring sex and sexuality in important ways – 2016
Dali International Photography Festival, China 2015 – “Protean”
Athens International Photo Festival, Greece 2015 – “Fighting Into Oblivion”
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, India 2015 – “Epistolize”
Goa International Photography Festival, Goa, India 2015 – “Protean”
Focus Photography Festival – Mumbai, India 2015 – “Dancing Into Oblivion”
Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India 2013  – “Katkari”
Director’s Choice Award – Adjudged by Mr. Arko Dutta – World Press Photo Of the Year Winner, Mumbai 2012
PX3, Paris, France – HON. MENTION – 2011
PX3, Paris, France – HON. MENTION – 2012
PX3, Paris, France – HON. MENTION – 2013
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, USA – Nominee 2012
FORBES INDIA magazine – 3RD PLACE (BATTLE OF THE INDIA’S CONTEST) 2011
LONELY PLANET Magazine – TOP 50 Emerging Photographers in India 2010

PRINTS

Public House of Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Artling, Singapore
Saatchi Art – US
Mojarto – An NDTV Venture – India
Monde Art – India
Merchants Of Cool – India

CONTACT

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