Arnab Ghosal was born in Santiniketan , India in 1972. He procured his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Calcutta. He has no formal training in photography. As a self-trained freelancer he joined his first Artist in Residence at The Dolna Indian Art Expedition in Mauritius, 2010. Afterwards he was invited to the 3rd INTERNATIONAL ART Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2015 and Fertellendeweis, International Art Camp in Tytsjerk, The Netherlands, 2018. His quest for exploring new places and cultural tradition has enriched his photographic narrative.
Arnab’s large-scaled diptych or triptych photographs show the early stages of the architectures and its absence presently. His practice focuses primarily on Abundance and Loneliness. Apart from the desire to cultivate new people and new cultures he feels that abandoned places would be the perfect place to tell his stories through photography. Arnab’s work involves exploring the concept of the fluidity of space, the non-linear movement of time and memories. Old history, rituals, life style and tradition are the main interests of his narrative. A building, with its columns and corners fascinates him. The small details of the architecture shows the passage of time. He tries to guess the everyday lives of those who once lived there. He believes that there still remains the shreds of their past, their little joys and sorrow, small triumphs and great losses. Only the people are gone. Tracing their stories leads to another thread and paves the way for another story. Arnab’s imagination tries to find its way into the labyrinth of the past. When he sees an old-fashioned building, an abandoned architecture, he can feel the stories it has to tell, the memories it has to share. For him, these buildings are characters of his narrative. Discarded cars that are not driven anymore, decaying furniture, balconies where nobody would ever stand– they all become part of this narrative. Each image is like a separate paragraph of the same story.
Arnab would like to explore politically and culturally different ideas of the living, the memories of a place abandoned as well as a place newly built through the explorations and interactions, its people and architectures.
In Arnab’s recent project, “Lockdown Positivity” he captures the change in daily life style in Indian mediocre families residing in small flats and complex. As we’ve come a full circle from the dark days of uncertainty, chronicling isolation and associated temperaments, dealing with pain and loss, and gradually and concisely we change our daily habits and the only space of stark reality for us is taking stock of each other’s physical and emotional health, nursing wounds while offering words of solace and silence as panacea. In between these moments, we coaxed ourselves to express what we felt, what we felt for, what we thought we felt through photographs.
Arnab’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are Awarded PX3 2017, HONORABLE MENTION by le Prix de la Photographie Paris, Prafulla Dahanukar East Zone Gold Award for Photography 2018, Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundatation, Mumbai, 2018, CIMA (Centre of International Modern Art) Infosis Merit AWARDS 2019. Kolkata, 2019, Best Work in New Media & Installation in Annual All India Fine Art Exhibitions, Academy of Fine Arts. Kolkata, 2019 and others.