Supranav Dash is an artist based in New York City. He was born and bred in Kolkata, India. His work explores the notions of gender, identity, displacement, caste and class struggle in the context of Indian culture and modern globalization. Dash is a 2016 Fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is an Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXVI Alumni, and was selected for the Aperture Summer Open '14 and American Photography 30. He was nominated for the 2014 PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch; and shortlisted for Critical Mass, the Lucie Foundation Scholarship Award, the Global SOFA Grant and the Kontinent Award. He has won Grand prizes and places in Portraiture at KLPA, WPGA, Emerging Focus @photo l.a., PX3, IPA, NYPF, NYPHA competitions and had his work group exhibited in New York City, London, Paris, Florence, Bologna, Groningen, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Colorado and PA. His 'Marginal Trades' multimedia piece was curated by Kira Pollack (Time Inc.) for Slideluck- Photoville, and showcased at AI-AP Int'l Motion Arts Award 2 and the Transizioni Festival, Bologna. Dash's projects have been featured in numerous publications worldwide including Time Lightbox, Wired, GEO, Huffington Post, American Photo, Fast Company-Design, Lens Culture, SDN, Photographic Museum of Humanity, GUP magazine, DOC! magazine, PDN Edu, aCurator, Tasveer Journal, The Morning News, PetaPixel among others.
Entry description: Trades and professional practices have been intertwined with the Caste System in India. Globalization and socio-economic change resulted in the problem of enculturation whereby the modern generation refused to carry on with their ancestral trades. At that point, many of the age-old practices faded out, while others are currently on their way to extinction. I am not opposed to modernization, but would want to slow things down and force one’s self to recognize and remember the beauty of these analog practices. As a photographer, I want to use my craft to pay respect to the tradesmen and bring them to light.