Nandita Raman (born 1980, Benares, India; lives Queens, NY) works in photography, video, drawing and language. She received a BA from the University of Delhi, India and an MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson and the International Center of Photography, both New York., Raman has exhibited at the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC; Columbia University, New York, George Eastman Museum, Rochester and Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, all NY. Her work is in the collections of the George Eastman Museum and Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN. Raman has been an artist-in-residence at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York and has received a Documentary Photography Grant from The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been featured in the British Journal of Photography, The Hindu, The New York Times, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art and South As A State Of Mind. Raman teaches photography at Purchase College, New York.
Statement from the Artist:
Body Is A Situation is a re-looking at the city of Varanasi (Benares) in India, which features prominently in the mystique and map of the East. It examines tropes of representation originating from the colonial gaze while relying on the body for awareness of place, culture, politics and history.