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Debashish Paul


Debashish Paul born in 1994 in Nadia district in West Bengal, explores the problems of queer identity in a society dominated by heterosexual norms. Paul has done his BFA from The Indian college of Art and Draftsmanship, in sculpture, Kolkata, and  he completed his master’s degree in sculpture from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 2021.  He works across mediums including sculptural dress, performance, video, photo and drawing.  He seeks to expand and explore the tabooed conception of homosexuality by unveiling the body, treating it as a tender landscape, and generating new references to queer identities. Working in the method of automatism. Paul’s recent sculptural costumes and connected performances indicate no specific gender orientation, male or female, are, in fact, the sensible screens, which both conceal and reveal fragile emotions and desires, always in conflict with society.  Paul was part of the Residency & Performance Programme by HH Art Space Foundation in collaboration with Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022-23, Kochi, India ( Residency 26th November – 12th December & Performance 13th – 18th December 2022) Paul is a recipient of the 2022-23- Prince Claus Seed Fund. He was the first award winners of the: Allegro 1st prize 2021, Contemporary LYNX, UK  .He has also received the 2022  Inlaks Fine Art Award, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation ; The India Artist Relief Fund-2021 (MAP in partnership with 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery).  He has participated in Beyond Binaries: Sensing Art through Queer Lensing-2021 at KCC, Kolkata; the Student's Biennale -2021, Kochi, Kala Sakshi Workshop-2021, Emami Art Open Call Exhibition -2020, Kolkata.  Of Liminal Beings and Other Spaces curated by Ushmita Sahu -2021, Emami Art, Kolkata.