Arko Datto

Kolkata, IN

Before stepping into the world of contemporary photography, Arko Datto (b. 1986, India) was on course to receive a doctorate in theoretical sciences. Today, the artist continues to apply the same spirit of research, inquiry and analysis within his artistic practice that had informed his academic life. Seemingly disparate themes – forced migration, surveillance in the digital panopticon, disappearing islands, nocturnal realms, and the psychosomatic stress of captive animals – form unified narratives of pressing, existential dilemmas. Within his signature aesthetic of neon colours and digital manipulation, Datto deploys diverse visual languages and styles, testing the boundaries of both still and moving images.

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