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Art . Reportage
Bharat Sikka grew up in India. After studying photography at the Parsons School of Design, New York City, Sikka turned his attention to the cultural contradictions of a fast-changing India, questioning conventional perspectives while playing with notions of subjectivity and intimacy. His subjects vary from the mundane to the peculiar. In Matter, Sikka delved into an India opened up to the forces of Globalisation, while Indian Men addressed shifting narratives of masculinity. His analytic eye and rigorous sense of composition move effortlessly from the epic to the banal, always sensitive to the tension between modernity and tradition, between the striving for autonomy and the comforts of tradition. His work has been exhibited in various exhibitions and institutions: Where the Flowers Still Grow, on Kashmir, opened at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016; Sikka’s project on queer identity in Brighton, The Marlborough Theatre, premiered at the Brighton Photo Biennale 2016 as part of a collaborative show, Reimagine.
Sikka lives between Europe and India. His editorial clients include M Le Monde, The New York Times, i-D, WSJ and Pleasure Garden and commercial clients include Byredo, Bodice, Nike and Facebook.