About

Sounak Das is a mixed media Artist, studied MA in Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary practice from Masters Institute of Visual Cultures, Netherlands. With a passion for storytelling he has a background in documentary photography and journalism from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh. His creative process involves the amalgamation of photography, sound, film & moving images, sculptural installations and blending technologies to engage in immersive-interactive installations. 

He is captivated by the experimental use of media and technology in art. He means to analyze the causality of his lived experiences subsumed in the technocentric age, bridging the human, machine and nature relation as an intrinsic entanglement. He explores the deeper philosophical and metaphysical implications of technology and human existence in contemporary culture. Rendering visuals along the omnipresent lingering landscapes and aspects of urban scenario with minimal representations of the convenient elements of time. His works embodies community, cultural dilemma, spatial context, history and advancement of technology. His artistic practice navigates around the peripheral of glitch and feedback as a methodology to bend a medium of experience from the ordinary to the sublime.

Education

2023 	
Masters Institute of Visual Culture, Avans University of Applied Science
Masters in Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice
Den Bosch, Netherlands

2018
Professional Photography Programme 
Pathshala South Asian Media Institute
Dhaka, Bangladesh

2011
A levels

2009
O levels

Teaching

Aug 2023
Guest Lecturer,Expanding the Screen, Masters Institute of Visual Culture, Den Bosch, Netherlands 

July 2023 
Digital mentor, Blending analogue and digital techniques, The Tech Academy, in collaboration with Artist Richard Crooks, British Council Bangladesh and Brihatta Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Oct 2017 - Feb 2018 
Instructor and Coordinator, Multimedia Course, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Attainments

2021 - Fellow Artist, Chobi Mela 2021, Dhaka Bangladesh
2020 - Finalist Artist, Samdani Art Award, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2019 - Finalist, Lensculture Art Photography Awards, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019 - Finalist, Student Photographer, Sony World Photography Awards 2019, London, UK
2018 - Finalist Artist, Aminul Islam Young Artist Award, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024 – 60seconds Festival, The Wrong Biennale 06, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark 
2024 - Future Vision Festival, a celebration of unusual animation, Arcade Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2023 - Adrift, A Shift, MIVC Graduation Show 2023, Willem Twee Kunstruimte, Den Bosch, Netherlands
2023 - Student World Impact Film Festival 2023, USA, Semi Finalist
2023 - Where The Lotus Grows: A Return Home, in Collaboration with artist Richard Crooks and 
       curator/artist Fouzia Mahin Choudhury, British Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2023 - FotoFestival Eindhoven 2023, curated by Anniek Mol, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2022 - International Inter University Short Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2022 - Light Matter film Festival, ‘Within the Fold’, co-programmed by James Hansen & Eric Souther, 
       Holmes Auditorium, Alfred University, New York, USA
2022 - Made in Tashkeel, in collaboration with artist Richard Crooks, Dubai, UAE  
2022 - Research Lab 2022, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands  
2021 - De-confine : South Asia Media Arts Festival (online), curated by Kheyal Trivedi and Prioti Seal       
       Acharya, supported by Alliance française and Media Art South Asia
2021 - Majhi International Art Residency 2021, curated by Kehkasha Sabah, supported by Durjoy                                                       
       Bangladesh Foundation, Eindhoven, Netherlands 
2021 - Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, curated by Zihan Karim, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2020 - Dhaka Art Summit, ‘Samdani Art Award’ curated by Philippe Pirotte, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2020 - Royal Photographic Society, IPE 162, UK 
2019 - Khoj 2019, The Sun is still going around the Earth, curated by Sadia Marium, Delhi, India
2019 - Golden Pig, DOK19 Festival, Fredrikstad, Norway
2019 - Sony World photography Awards, Somerset House, London, UK
2018 - Students’ Biennale, The Kochi Biennale Foundation, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Kerela,
       India 

Selected Publications

2022 - Vertical Atlas Book, in partnership with Hivos Digital Earth and Het Nieuwe Instituut, with
       contributors Amal Khalaf, Kevin Bray, Nanjala Nyabolo, Andrej Škufca, Richard Vijgen,
       Rotterdam, Netherlands
2020 - Featured at Google Arts & Culture by Art Aia, Online  
2020 - Royal Photographic Society Journal IPE 162, Bristol, UK
2019 - Tages Anzeiger (online & offline), ‘Kabelsalat, hell erleuchtet’, Zoom Foto blog, Zurich,
       Switzerland
2019 - The Guardian, Wire Formation: eerie images of Dhaka's appetite for electricity - in pictures, UK  
2019 - Sony World photography Awards, London, UK
2019 - Featured at Lens Culture, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 - Featured at F-Stop, Online

Selected Residency

2022~ - Rethinking the Artist Economy, by Marga Rotteveel, De Klein Aarde, Boxtel,
2023    Netherlands
2021 - Majhi International Art Residency, Participating artists Giulia Deval (IT), JoydeRoaja (BD), 
       Non-Native Native (NE), Moch Hasrul (ID), PierAlfeo (IT), Satch Hoyt (JAM/UK), 
       Shorab Jahan (BD) and Zihan Karim (BD), supported by DBF Foundation, Eindhoven, 
       Netherlands
2020 - De|Real, A conversation on new realities (online), Dhaka, Bangladesh
2019 - 8th Episode Uronto Artist Community, Naogaon, Bangladesh
2019 - Visualizing China, International Documentary, in partnership with Oslo Met, photo.circle,
       Pathshala South Asian Median Institute and Mino Art Center Yunan, Kunming, China 

Selected Workshops

2023 - Art, Play and Philosophy, Critical Cultural Theory Seminar, by Anne Boissière, Stephen Harris,
Monique Roelofs and Laurie Schram, UvA, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2022 - Recoding: The Speed of Sound, by Edwin van der Heide, Utrecht, Netherlands 
2021 - VJ workshop by Liza Renne, MIVC, ‘s-hertogenbosch, Netherlands
2019 - International Documentary course, by Katharina Hesse and Munem Wasif, Kunming, China
2014 - Visual Narrative, how to build a story by Justin Maxon, Kolkata, India
2014 - Visual storytelling with Multimedia, by DJ Clark, Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Certification

International Documentary 2019 
Joint project with Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway and Pathshala
Three Months Animation Course 2015
Pathshala Department of Film and Television