Sutapa Biswas (born 1962, Santinekethan, India) engages with issues of time, desire, feminism and cultural identity. Having initially established a reputation as a painter in the 1980s, Biswas’ transition to the moving image is informed by a strong painterly aesthetic. Her work draws on a variety of literary and visual sources, from writings by Marcel Proust, Edward Lear and the psychoanalyst Frantz Fanon, to paintings by George Stubbs, Jan Vermeer and Edward Hopper. Through the medium of film, Biswas takes us on a metaphysical journey, exploring the transformative nature of intimate and familial relationships.
In 2004 Film and Video Umbrella worked with Sutapa Biswas on the major work ‘Birdsong’, which was shown in solo exhibitions at Café Gallery Projects, London; Angel Row, Nottingham; Harewood House, Leeds and Leeds City Art Gallery.
Biswas has exhibited at numerous galleries worldwide, including Tate Modern, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Photographers’ Gallery, London; Art Basel Miami, USA; and the 6th Havana Biennial, Cuba. She lives and works in London.