Soumya Sankar Bose
Soumya Sankar Bose
Soumya Sankar Bose
Soumya Sankar Bose
Soumya Sankar Bose

Where the Birds Never Sing brings together Soumya Sankar Bose’s long-term project on the Marichjhapi massacre, the forcible eviction in 1979 of Bengali lower caste refugees from the Marichjhapi Island in Sundarbans, West Bengal, India and the subsequent death of thousands by police gunfire, starvation, and disease.

With almost no written record or official documentation of this incident, Bose researched and re-enacted the memories of survivors, weaving together perspectives on this painful history that faces slow erasure from collective memory.

Artist Bios

  • Soumya Sankar Bose

    Soumya Sankar Bose is an Indian documentary photographer. In his practice, he uses photography, archival material and text to explore desire, identity, and memory. Represented by Experimenter Gallery, he has previously received grants from Magnum Foundation, India Foundation for the Arts, and Goethe Institut, among others. He lives and works in Kolkata.


  • Magnum Foundation

    Magnum Foundation

    Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in visual storytelling, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant making, mentorship, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially-engaged imagemakers exploring new models for storytelling.

    This program was produced with the support of Magnum Foundation’s Counter Histories initiative supporting projects that creatively reframe the past to engage with urgent questions of the present and future.

Where the Birds Never Sing

 archive : 2022

Featuring: Soumya Sankar Bose

Curated by: Ally Caple Sarah Perlmutter

Presented by: Magnum Foundation
  • Magnum Foundation


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