Sandeep Dhopate

Sandeep Dhopate

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

About Sandeep Dhopate

My work explores the intersections between religion, spirituality and sexuality often questioning our current moral value system that seems to have been established through a mass blind acceptance of a normalised truth claim .
Using colours and symbolisms, inspired from historical texts, I further my narratives by developing staged scenes to create a tension between the real and the fictional.
By blurring the lines between the real and the imagined I try to force the viewer to ponder over alternate interpretations of their beliefs and possibly invite them to understand the duality of moral values. That there is no black and white in morality and that right and wrong is but a mere perspective which can shift with wisdom acquired by knowledge.

Exhibitions

An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, UK 2018
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India 2018
Platform Gallery, Glasgow, UK 2018
Les nuits de Pierrevert, Montpellier, France 2018
Tasveer Journal, India 2018
Egaro Photo Festival, Agartala, Tripura, India 2017
Just Another Photo Festival, Kolkatta, India 2017
Kalinka Gallery, Pondicherry, India 2017
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC), New Delhi, India 2017
Fòcas Scotland – Commissioned by the British Council and Creative Scotland as part of the ‘UK/India Year of Culture 2017’ to make new lens-based work that shall travel through UK and India during 2018 – Edinburgh, UK 2017
Bikaner House, New Delhi, India, 2017
An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, UK  2017
A Surreal Vision, Loosen Art, Rome, Italy 2017
The Realm of Queer Desires – India Culture Lab, Mumbai, India 2017
Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa - Ethiopia 2016
The One Fest Goa, Goa - India 2016
Public House Of Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2016.
Part of 10 internationally selected group of artistes for a collaborative research program titled “Disappearing Dialogues” in Art Ichol, Maihar, Madhya Pradesh. Works to be exhibited at the India Habitat Centre in December 2017.
LensCulture.com, USA, February 2016 - Featured - “Elysium"
LensCulture.com, USA, January 2016 - Featured on the homepage - "smaraNa - A Recollection"
Named by Homegrown as one of the top 9 artists in India who are exploring sex and sexuality in important ways.
Dali International Photography Festival, China 2015
Athens International Photo Festival, Greece 2015
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, India 2015
Goa International Photography Festival, Goa, India 2015
Focus Photography Festival - Mumbai, India 2015
Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India 2013
Director’s Choice Award - Adjudged by Mr. Arko Dutta - World Press Photo Of the Year Winner, Mumbai 2012