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Ishita Charkraborty (born 1989 in West Bengal, India) uses art as a medium to aid individuals in practicing resistance against narratives told about them. Her focus lies on migration and the surrounding topics of displacement, trauma, colonialism, language, oral history and identity. In various media, such as drawings, installations, poetry, performance, Sound and sculpture, she gives a voice to those who are often never heard. "Mute Tongue" is an ongoing project which exemplifies Chakraborty's practice. The individual experiences of migration are cast into form and thereby the spoken word resonates eternally.

Biography // Education

2020

Visiting Artist Fellowship, SAI, Harvard University, USA

2018 - 2021

MFA in Art and Media from Zurich University for Art, CH

2016 - 2018

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Amity University, Kolkata, IN

2011 - 2013

MFA Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, IN

2007 - 2011

BFA Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, IN

Biography // Solo Exhibitions

2021

The Songs of Resistance, Keinraum, Luzern, CH

2020

Lyrics of Loss and Longing, Prameya Foundation, New Delhi, IN

2019

What Leaf? What Mushrooms? Art container Zurich, CH
I Speak Your Language, Kunstraum, ZHdK, Zurich, CH

2017

Zwischen, Museum Forum Schloss Platz, Aarau, CH

Biography // Group Exhibitions

2022

The Mouth is for Speaking, WE ARE AIA, Zurich, CH
5th INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE OF CASABLANCA, MA

2021

Auswahl 21, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, CH
Die Diele, Zurich, CH
Atlantis im Sinn, 6 ½, Zurich, CH
Life Lines, Johann Jakob Museum, Zurich, CH
There’s Always Tomorrow, Degree Show, Löwenbräu Kunst, CH
Delhi Contemporary Art week, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, IN
Abstract Notations, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, IN
In Touch, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, IN
Immeasurable Distance, Beletage, Aarau, CH

2019

Teatro de Barrio Santo Domingo, MX
Small Projects for coming Communities, DE and in Oncurating Space Zurich, CH

2017

Art for Peace, Kunsthaus Zofingen, CH
Birla Akademi Art and Culture 50th Annual Art Exhibition, Kolkata, IN

2015

Outliers, studio 21, Kolkata, IN
CIMA Awards Show, Kolkata, IN
West Bengal State Akademi, Kolkata, IN

2014

Art for CRY, ICCR gallery, Kolkata, IN
Gen Next, Akriti Art Gallery, New Delhi, IN

Biography // Awards & Grants

2021

Credit Suisse advancement award 2021, CH
Jury Prize 2021, guest selection 2022, Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH
POP UP Project grant from Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Zurich, CH
Research Grant, Aargauer Kuratorium, CH

2020

Visiting Artist Fellowship, SAI, Harvard University, USA
ZHdK Avina Foundation grant, CH

2017

Arbeitsgruppe Gästeatelier Krone Art Residency, Aarau, CH

2016

Sunayani Devi Smirti scholarship, Visual art West Bengal Bengal State Akademi
Piramal Art Residency, Mumbai, IN

2014

Awarded Bronze Medal from Manab Jamin, Kolkata, IN

2011 - 2012

Awarded medal & merit certificate, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, IN