SECOND EDITION WINNERS 2023
1ST PLACE WINNER- HARSHA DURUGADDA
Harsha Vardhan Durugadda (b. 1989) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hyderabad, India. Durugadda has completed his Master’s in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2016). He has recently participated in several group exhibitions including "Contemporary Landscape" CICA Museum, South Korea (2022); "HopScotch" Gallery27, Kochi (2022); "Material Matters" APRE Art House, New Delhi (2022); "Timelapse" India Art Fair; Group exhibition at APRE Art House, New Delhi (2022) and has held his solo exhibition "Between the Lines" at Centre D'art, Auroville (2021) as part of a residency there. Durugadda’s works are included in several permanent collections such as the Bengaluru Airport (2022), and RMZ Foundation (2022) to name a few.
2ND PLACE WINNER-
Kallol Datta (b. 1982) is a clothing designer and visual artist from Kolkata with a background in Womenswear from Central Saint Martins, London (2006). Datta’s works have been a part of several exhibitions including De Poéticas a Políticas: Premio Jameel, Museo Franklin Rawson, San Juan (2022), Art Athina, Zappeion Mansion, Athens (2022), De Poéticas a Políticas: Premio Jameel, Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago (2022), Volume 3 Issue 2, Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata (2022), Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2021), and Distortions in Translation, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori (2021) to name a few. His writings have appeared in several publications such as Verve, Vogue and Elle among others.
Datta is interested in clothing practices from North Africa, West Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Korean peninsula. His design process involves rigorous creative research and experimental pattern-cutting. In his bold contemporary clothing, Datta mines and combines the shapes of the abaya, manteau, hanbok, hijab and caftan, with gestures of enveloping, layering and veiling.
Works available through Experimenter
3RD PLACE WINNER- PURVAI RAI
Purvai Rai (b. 1994) is a Delhi-based graphic and textile designer and multimedia artist. Rai completed her Bachelor’s degree from Srishti Institute for Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru (2017). Rai’s works have been exhibited widely at Delhi Contemporary Art Week, Bikaner House, New Delhi (2022), Riyas curated by Ina Puri, Inam Gallery (Bikaner House), New Delhi (2022), Woman is as woman does curated by Nancy Adajania, JNAF, Mumbai (2022), Fleeting Expressions, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2022), Lines (by) Lines curated by Manmeet K Walia, at Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi (2022), and India Art Fair, New Delhi (2022) among others.
Rai’s delicate graphite and ink drawings on rice paper are conceived in response to social and political events, specifically those caused by religious and cultural discord. Distilled into an abstract visual language consisting of circles and elliptical patterns, Rai’s work alludes and (re-)presents the precariousness of existing on the margins. The artist also works with natural materials like jute, cotton, and yarn and is particularly interested in the tactility of these natural fabrics, and how in the recesses of its weaves reside familial and generational memory.