Siddhartha TAWADEY (Born in 1975)
Capturing the poetics and nuances of space, Siddhartha Tawadey draws relationships between physical environments and our internal psyche. Subtly composed to simulate the first-person point of view, his photographs recreate an experience of ‘seeing’. His fascination with the vernacular creates fluid narratives through symbolisms in ordinary objects, allowing viewers to explore their self-referential perceptions, emotions and illuminations. One series, for instance, deals with the very notion of memory, while another expounds a latent urban psychosis. His images are rooted in the ordinary and yet evoke the realm of memory, desolation and existentialism. Tawadey’s photography is at times refined and at others fearlessly experimental, infused with cinematic influences and scientific techniques. His oeuvre also extends to installation and video.
Siddhartha Tawadey was born in Calcutta, India in 1975. He studied art and photography at St Martin’s School of Design and at City University in London. He has gone on to have several solo exhibitions in India and New York, his works also featured in notable international group shows such as the Contemporary Masters Photography Show in London. Tawadey has also made his mark in competitions in India and around the world; in 2010 he won the first prize for portraiture in the International Award for Digitial and Photographic Art. He has most recently completed a residency in the School of Visual Art in New York City, where he thereafter exhibited the series Transparent Hallucinations at Bose Pacia Gallery. The artist lives and works in New Delhi and London.