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Sutapa Biswas

Sutapa Biswas (Reader in Fine Art, Manchester School of Art) is an artist whose work is nationally and internationally recognised. Working across a range of media including painting, drawing, film, digital video, performance and photography, Biswas’s works have been described as spatial histories. Inspired by oral histories, literature, poetry and art history, she is interested in the ways in which larger historical narratives collide with personal narratives. The relationship of this to time and space and how these intersect with questions of subjectivity in relation to race, gender and class, is what underpins her work.

In 2021, Biswas has two forthcoming major solo exhibitions at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. Venues that have hosted Biswas’s works include: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven), The British Museum, ‘Mixed Bathing World 2015’ Triennial (Beppu, Japan), 6th Havana Biennial (Cuba), Neuberger Museum (New York), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Melbourne International Arts Festival, Whitechapel Gallery, Harewood House (Yorkshire), and ICA (London). Biswas has also held solo exhibitions at Nara Roesler (Brazil), Iniva (UK touring), Douglas Cooley Gallery (Reed College, USA), PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, Canada) in collaboration with Locus+ (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK), Leeds City Art Gallery and The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK.

Sutapa is a recipient of the Yale Center for British Art Visiting Scholars Award 2019-20 (Yale University), and The Art Fund 2019 Award in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, London, and Bristol Museum, UK. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Yale Centre for British Art (2008), recipent of the Correnah W.Wright Endowment Fund and The National Endowment for the Arts Award, Visiting Artist, Mills College, USA (1994), and is a Deutsche Bank European Photography Award 1992 nominee. Her artworks are represented in collections including: TATE; Arts Council England; Reed Gallery, USA; Graves Gallery, Sheffield Museums and Galleries; Cartwright Hall Museum and Art Gallery; Oldham Art Gallery; Rochdale Art Gallery; Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, UK.