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Arinjoy Sen


Arinjoy Sen (b.1996) is an architect and artist based in London. Sen’s works have been exhibited internationally at the African Futures Institute, Accra (2023), Pinakothek der Moderne Museum, Munich (2023), Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London (2020–2021), and nationally with Terrain.art, New Delhi (2021). He is currently working towards his exhibit at the Biennale Architettura 2023, for La Biennale di Venezia. He has won many accolades including the RIBAJ Eye Line Prize for Drawing (2020)and the Sir Andrew Taylor Prize (2021) at university and has been nominated for several others such as the RIBA Silver Medal Nomination (2021),and AJ Student Prize Nomination (2021). Sen’s writings have appeared in The Architect’s Journal, The Architectural Review, The Funambulist, Designs on History and RIBA Journal among several others. 

 Sen's concerns in his artistic practice ranges from the politics and aesthetics of architecture to the instrumentalization of spatial agents in socio-cultural and political phenomena. His work and interests have an acute focus on contested landscapes, citizenship, migration, narrative and spatial justice. Drawing plays a crucial role in Sen’s work, where it becomes an incubator for the exploration of narrative and space. Sen brings a contemporary take on narrative painting, specifically evoking traditional forms such as Mughal miniatures, Kalighat paintings and pattachitra. He revisits the idea of the ritual through and beyond its association with religion. The multiple layers in Sen’s work create a simultaneous presence of perspectival depth and surface flatness facilitated by the modalities of design software. Sen uses the digital medium combined with traditional craft practices like kantha embroidery and carpet weaving to speak of intertextuality where the past, present and future are interlaced in a singular, yet hybrid visual plane.