Pic Courtesy: Thomas Kern

Pic Courtesy: Thomas Kern


Ishita Chakraborty’s poetic and political oeuvre is expressed through different media including unconventional drawings, installations, poetry, sculptural objects, video and photography. The artist draws the inspiration from her own family history. She grew up with her grandfather, who was an actor and director in theatre throughout his life. As a grandchild of an Art and craft teacher, she keenly observed her grandmother’s creative embroidery, sculptural objects, crafts and her diaries. 

Due to her father’s job the family moved from one place to another and lately the artist immigrated to Europe. Her own journey of migration and the migration of large number of people from Bangladesh in East Bengal to West Bengal greatly influenced her work. Today, identity and language are the two main pillars of her work. Ishita’s work initiates a dialogue between the cultures, socio – political history and situation, a going back and forth, digging in memory and setting new priorities. Lost and found, erasing and revealing, disorientation and relocation, exile and belonging. Between homesick and homeseek!

Ishita is West Bengal (India) born Zurich based artist. After her MFA (2013) in Fine Arts from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata she won several awards and started exhibiting her work on national and international level. In 2016 she was awarded a Residency by the Piramal Art Foundation in Mumbai, India. In 2017 Ishita was invited in Switzerland in the studio of the Gästeatelier Krone in Aarau. She had her first solo exhibition in the Museum Forum Schlossplatz in Aarau. Parts of her work were then chosen by Kunsthaus Zofingen by curator Claudia Waldner to be exhibited in the Art for Peace group exhibition. She has presented her artist talk about Culture Clash in Dock Basel, Switzerland and in Museum Forum Schloss Platz in 2017. Her works are in collection of Piramal Museum Mumbai, Forum Schlossplatz Switzerland, London, and Kolkata. In 2018 she was invited to participate with the Khoj Foundation PEERS SHARE program in Delhi. She is now continuing her voyage with the MFA in Art and Media program at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). In 2019 she presented her recent body of work ‘I speak your language’ in Kunstraum, Zhdk, Zurich. She was part of the exhibition and symposium Small Projects for Coming Communities curated by Dorothee Richter in Sttutgart, Germany and in Zurich. Her forth coming exhibition is in September 2019 in Art Container Zurich ‘What Leaf? What Mushroom?’.