1. Arko Datto and the Phosphorescent Gloom of Calcutta (East Wing)
“Just sumptuous, aren’t they? The artist is just over there, you must meet him!” Arko Datto’s semi-phosphorescent nocturnes have drawn unanimous praise. Inspired by the work of American photographer, Michael Ackerman, the Calcutta born artist trains his lens upon the fracture lines of his country. Against the backdrop of high-contrast nights he describes the mutations of the state and the challenges to autocracy emerging in the Hindu community. Part of a trilogy of works begun in 2015 with SnakeFire in Malaysia and Indonesia, his photographic series Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return, evokes the crepuscular electricity of inky Indian nights.