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Sangita Maity

Sangita Maity
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Born in 1989, Sangita Maity resides and works in Kolkata. Sangita finished her degree in printmaking at Rabindra Bharati University!s Faculty of Visual Arts. She has been engaged with indigenous communities of Chota Nagpur plateau for several years in their makeshift settlements over time to understand cultural loss in the process of forced displacement and unlearning of their traditional and sustainable practices as custodians of their land during occupational migration. Series of portraiture, daily living practices, activities around the mineral rich landscape transformed by the mining industry and collective testimonies from the community on their experience with displacement are represented in her visual practice through a variety of media and material that are in dialogue with the material context of the region through innovative and experimental processes. She experiments at the intersections of photography, photo-etchings, serigraphy, and a variety of other practices. Her most recent projects focus on environmental, political, topographical, and sociocultural concerns related to an excess of rubber plantations in Tripura, the second-largest rubber-producing state in India. She engages with the land, goes to rubber-planted forests, and visits associated factories in Tripura in order to understand the occupational history and process of the people engaged in the industry. Sangita Maity was part of the Arthshila x Khoj Residency in 2022 that primarily focused on the artists working in Ceramics, Textile, Sculpture and Printmaking. “Now They Stopped Building Granaries’ was Sangita!s solo exhibition at Shrine Empire in New Delhi in 2022. “Legal Alien,” curated by Meera Menezes, was exhibited at Bikaner House in New Delhi in 2019. In 2018, Maity took part in the Serendipity Art Festival in Goa curated by Rahaab Allana, and a solo exhibition at the Clark House Initiative in Mumbai in collaboration with Shrine Empire. The Government of India granted her the Junior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture, 2018–2020. She has previously participated in the Khoj Peers Residency 2014 at the Khoj Artists Association in New Delhi, as well as the group exhibition Experiments 2016 at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. Sangita was also featured in the 2014 “Art for Young Collectors” exhibition at Mumbai!s Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke. In 2015, she also received the Cima Jury Award.