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Subrat Kumar Behera

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Born on 4th April 1988 in Odisha

Academic Qualifications:-

2013 – Post diploma in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda

2008 – B.F.A in Printmaking from B.K College of Art and Crafts, Utkal University of Culture Bhubaneswar Odisha in


Biennales and Major Exhibitions:-

2018 – “Navigation is Offline” curated by Jagganath Panda and Premjish Achari, Bhubaneshwar Art Trail.

2016- “forming in the pupil of an eye” curated by Sudarshan Shetty 3rd Kochi Muzeris Biennale, Kochi.

Group Shows:-

2019 – “Cartography of Narratives” Gallery Latitude 28 at the Bikaner House, Delhi.

2019 – “Curatorial Enquiry: Act 1” curated by Rajat Gajjar and Satyajit Dave, Site Art Space, Vadodara.

2018 – “Lapses II” curated by Anushka Rajendran, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2018 – “The Five Storytellers” curated by Satyajit Dave, The Guild, Alibaug-Mumbai.

2017 – “Lapses” curated by Anushka Rajendran, Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata.

2016 – “Morphology of Archive – Connected Histories of Goa” curated by Lina Vincent and Sabitha TP at the Museum of Goa, Goa.

2016 – “Lay in Midst of Local” at Gallery OED, Kochi.

2016 – 57th National Lalit Kala Academy Annual Exhibition, Lucknow.

2015 – “Reviving the Retinal” curated by Kathleen Wyma at Gallery OED, Kochi.

2014 – “Sleeping Through the Museum” – A collaboration with Waswo X Waswo, Collateral Projects at Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi.

2014 – “Sleeping Through the Museum” – A collaboration with Waswo X Waswo, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2013 – “Between the Lines” curated by Lina Vincent at NGMA- National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.

Awards and Recognitions:-

2015 – Certificate of merit award in 28th national exhibition of contemporary art, south central zone cultural centre, Nagpur

2013 Gujarat State Lalit Kala award

2012 – Gujarat State Lalit Kala award

2010 – National Young Artist Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture for outstanding performance in printmaking.

Art Camps:-

2013 – Regional Printmaking camp organised by Lalit Kala Academy BBSR in 2013 and the Vice-Versa,

2012 – National Student Printmaking Camp conducted by Walter D’Souza at Goa.


Significant works of art originate from great “Visions”. We see, then we imagine, and thus the whole thought process induces the power of “Vision”. These “visions” not only position themselves in reality but also in the imaginations, dreams and in every sub-conscious level of human tendency. If we think of defining the word ‘art’ -there have been a number of great debates over decades and they continue even today. However, Picasso once stated, “Everything you can imagine is real.”

Imagination then-one might say-is narrative that one builds in their own mind. This narrative eventually over time transcends into the realm of a structured narrative, which we call a story, myth, tale, fable, etc. This is where I feel that my work operates at its best, in the realm of storytelling. My work revolves around the idea of mythology. It attempts to inquire about the process by which, myth(s) develop into a mythology. It brings me to focus my concerns with the semiotics and poetics of mythology. My work looks at the making of a number of myths, the subjectivity of which borrows from early modern to contemporary history.

My work oscillates between art as a personal story and a universal credence. This comes from my childhood experience of listening to my grandmother’s stories of Indian mythology, Panchatantra tales and so on.  My process of choosing events, specific people, characters, iconography, monuments, etc. at times is quite clinical. During this selection process, I am well aware of what, why and when am I ‘eliminating’ a character or an event. In addition, this elimination helps me manipulate characters and the outcome of certain events. For me this elimination is very important for my process.

As mentioned earlier, the subjectivity of the present work is born out of early modern and contemporary history. Events and periods in history like the industrial revolution, colonial expansion, the fall of colonial expansion, the feminist movements which gave way for LGBT movements and racial freedom, environmental movements, the white and green revolutions, globalization, the fall of the soviet union which inadvertently gave a huge blow to communism and socialism, the rise of radicalism and terrorism, rise of China and so on become very important for the making of a modern day mythology. Here many conspiracy theories also become important as they help one gain access to certain alternate histories and probable facts. Those facts and histories which otherwise would not have seen the light of the day. Regiments and people in power since the beginning of time have always tried to manipulate crowds and courses of history, and they have done so quite successfully on a number of occasions. This becomes the base for my work.