EMERGING ARTIST AWARD 2008 | SANDIP PISALKAR

Sandip Pisalkar is a sculptor and multi-media artist living  and working in Baroda. He finished his GD from Sir. J.J.School of Art, Mumbai,  and PGD in Creative Sculpture from M.S.University of Baroda. He has  participated in several group shows in Baroda and Mumbai, and was a part of the  Peers 2008 residency at Khoj.  He received  the International Danfoss Art Award in Gold & Bronze, Denmark in 2008.  

In Pisalkar’s work culture-specific objects, which in  today’s times are labelled as history, are re-presented within a different  context, “re-mixed” and integrated into our contemporary lives. He says, “I  look at objects of historical importance with an eye of interrogation.”

The recipients of the Emerging Artist Award 2008 were  chosen by an independent jury consisting artists Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta and  Shilpa Gupta, and art historians/critics Annapurna Garimella and Anshuman  Dasgupta. Based on the presented portfolio of works the artists were selected  after two rounds of short-listing from over 350 applicants from all over India. The jury’s criteria for selection was to find the two  artists whose language is both personal and deals with larger questions pertaining to the field of visual art, whose work displays their strong   engagement with their medium/concept and, and whose body of works shows a  consistency in quality. They explained that Sandip Pisalkar stood out for his  highly-experimental and fresh approach towards the medium of sculpture, and  Shumona Goel was recognized for her unique handling of the video was a medium  in today’s context of visual arts.