Supranav Dash
Supranav Dash
Supranav Dash
Supranav Dash

Eros And Its Discontents (2016- ) documents the visuality of individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community living in India. This series of staged performative portraits show individuals who do not wish to put themselves in boxes, and thus their stories spill out of the frames and enter our imaginations. The people in the images are treading a psychological minefield. Their lives are tapestries of hope struggling to stitch themselves together against the violent cuts of a conservative modern India that is quick to marginalize and discriminate.

In these portraits, I document both the opening and closing of these truths, both the nakedness of skin and the paint and cloth that covers it. Eros And Its Discontents is an account of how a handful of people on the eastern margin of India have transcended both the social masks that cover their flesh, and the flesh that masks their souls.

Artist Bios

  • Supranav Dash

    Supranav Dash currently shuttles between his hometown Kolkata, India, and New York City. His work examines the themes of identity, gender, sexuality, displacement, and caste-class divide within the global socio-economic and political landscape.

    Supranav is a 2016-17 Fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and an EAW XXVI Alumni. He made a second place at the KLPA Photographic Prize 2021 and showcased his work at the PhotoSCHWEIZ 2021, at American Photography 37, DearDAVE 29 magazine, and the Strange Fire Collective; he exhibited at the PhotoVogue 2019 Festival, Milan, Italy, and The Serendipity Arts Festival 2019, Goa, India. He is a 2016-17 Fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and exhibited at the PhotoVogue 2017 Festival, Milan, and at Chobimela IX, Dhaka in 2017; at the Photoquai Biennial (PHQ5) 2015 at Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, and at the Noorderlicht Photo-Festival, Groningen in 2015.

    Dash has worked for The New Yorker, WIRED, WSJ, CRY (NGO) and his projects have appeared in publications including Time Lightbox, DAZED Digital, Harper’s US, GEO, National Geographic, Smithsonian, WIRED, Huffington Post, DearDAVE, American Photo, Fast Company-Design, Lens Culture, SDN, Photographic Museum of Humanity, GUP magazine, Ojodepez magazine, PDN Edu, DOC! magazine, aCurator, StrangeFireCollective, Tasveer Journal, The Morning News, PetaPixel among others.


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Eros and Its Discontents

 archive : 2023

Featuring: Supranav Dash

Presented by: Photoville
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