Priyanka Dasgupta is an artist from Kolkata. She lives in New York and works in collaboration with Chad Marshall. Her collaborative practice redefines the visual experience as a physical, experiential one, through the medium of immersive, interactive installation. Topically, it is influenced by the experiences of early twentieth century Bengali sailors who immigrated into the United States by passing as Black men, and uses this as an allegory for relating contemporary non-white immigrant experiences, and looking critically at Americana, identity and related iconographic mythos. The installations are typically site specific constructions, and include video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
Exhibitions of Priyanka’s collaborative work include Pigeonhole: The Life and Work of Bobby Alam, Knockdown Center, New York (2019), Pigeonhole, Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens (2019), Sunroom Project Space: Paradise, Wave Hill, New York (2018), How to see in the dark, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York (2018), In Practice: Another Echo, Sculpture Center, New York (2018), Loving Blackness, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia (2017). Residencies include Artist Studio Program, Smack Mellon (2018) and AIRspace, Abrons Arts Center (2018). Priyanka and Chad are recipients of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) for 2019-2020.
Priyanka has taught in the BFA Program at NYU since 2012: courses include Video Art, Interdisciplinary Art practice, 4D and Senior Studio. She has an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from City College/CUNY (2017), an MA in Studio Art from New York University and the International Center of Photography (2003), and a BA in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (2000).