STATEMENT


Sayan Chanda (he/him) (b. Kolkata) is an artist and textile practitioner from India, living and working in London.

Sayan reimagines votive objects, folk narratives and indigenous rituals as hybrid ambiguous forms that function as totems, portals and talismans in a landscape of speculative mythology. Deploying tapestry weaving, stitching, dyeing and hand-building, he works intuitively with fibre and clay giving physical forms to his anxieties, mythologies, and individual and collective memory. His works exist as relics; vestiges of working through inner monologues, that sit outside of place, culture and period.


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EDUCATION

2020 - 2021 - MA Fine Art - Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London), UK

2009 - 2013 - B.DES Textile Design - National Institute of Design, India


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2024 (forthcoming) - Actions for the Earth, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas

2024 - Right Foot First, Hampi Art Labs, Karnataka

2024 - Actions for the Earth, The Block Museum of Art, Illinois

2023 - Chamber, Cooke Latham Gallery, London

2023 - British Textile Biennial, Fragments of Our Time, Lancashire

2023 - Actions for the Earth: Art, Care & Ecology, Independent Curators International (ICI), The Contemporary at Blue Star, Texas

2023 - Art Dubai, with  Jhaveri Contemporary

2022 - They Speak in a Hundred Ways, Commonage Projects, London

2022 - A Smear and the Crown, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

2022 - Frieze, London, with Jhaveri Contemporary

2022 - Art Antwerp with Modesti Perdriolle Gallery

2022 - Radical Residency VII, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London

2022 - A Plot Hatched By Two, Warbling, London

2021 - London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London

2021 - Group Show, South London Gallery, London

2021 - Hanging Gardens, Nature Morte, New Delhi

2020 - Pause - Method, Mumbai


RESIDENCY AND AWARDS

2024 - Cove Park Funded Residency (forthcoming)

2023 - Thread artist’s residency, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Sinthian, Senegal

2023 - Sarabande Foundation Studio Residency, London

2022 - Radical Residency VII, Unit 1 Gallery | Worshop, London

2022 - The UC Berkeley South Asia Artist Prize- Honourable Mention

2019 - Marshwood Arts Awards - Applied Arts, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset


FEATURES AND PUBLICATIONS

2023 - Uncovering the work of Sayan Chanda at Commonage Projects

2022 - Architectural Digest

2022 - Vogue India

2022 - Mint Lounge 

2022 - Take On Art

2022 - Mid-Day, India

2021 - India Today

2021 - Patriot, India

2020 - Asian Curator

2020 - Warp and Weft Magazine

2020 - Design India Magazine

2019 - Cocoa and Jasmine magazine

2017 - Livemint, India

 

 

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