- Imagined Homeland- Jan- March' 2018:
After a wait of about two years, I finally packed my bags and returned to Arunachal Pradesh continuing my work on 'Imagined Homeland'. He lived inside the dense forests of Namdapha National park & Tiger Reserve in Changlang district for these two months with the members of the Lisu tribe, documenting their life and stories in his quintessential style. Images from the series will follow soon. For now, here's a peek into the landscape and his process.
All images here are shot on iPhone, and are not part of the formal project.
December' 2017: De bags the 'Art Research Grant' from India Foundation for Arts, for his long-term project 'Imagined Homeland'. This grant will support him to continue documenting the life of the obscure Lisu tribe living in Arunachal Pradesh, India. In early January' 2018, De will leave for his project site and work in the forests of Namdapha National Park for about two months.
Note: For practice-based research into the life of the Lisus, a forest-dwelling indigenous community inside Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve on the Indo-Myanmar border of Arunachal Pradesh. Through photography and video, the project will explore alternative aesthetic approaches of depicting tribal culture, as opposed to colonial-anthropological exoticisation. It will examine the making of stereotypes and the politics of representation of marginalised communities. The outcome of this project will be photographs and an audio-visual installation with podcasts and videos. The Grantee’s deliverables to IFA with the final reports will be images, materials from the audio-visual documentation and an accompanying manuscript. Grant funds will cover an honorarium, professional fees, travel and living, labour, equipment rental and purchase, installation and an accountant’s fee.
This grant is made possible with support from Titan Company Limited
25 January' 2017- GUP magazine features 'Between Grief and Nothing'
04 January' 2017- Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) features 'Between Grief and Nothing'
- LensCulture features De's 'Between Grief and Nothing' series.
- Between Grief and Nothing series exhibited as part of ‘SCOPE: The Nepal Issue’ –- a group show on Nepal featuring 12 artists. Venue: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi (16th April- 13 May’2016).
- Beyond Body Images - Sharbendu De profiled by Dipanita Nath in Indian Express, 4 May'2016. Click here to read the interview.
- Shaky Ground - Indian Express reviews 'Between Grief and Nothing' series along with the exhibition SCOPE: The Nepal Issue.
- Between Grief and Nothing series featured in the quarterly photography journal PIX’s Nepal Issue, Volume 13, April 2016. The issue can be downloaded from here: http://www.pixquarterly.in/PIX%20Nepal-Final_Mail.pdf