Arko Datto Awarded 2020 Light Work Residency

  • © Arko Datto
    © Arko Datto
  • © Arko Datto from the series Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return
    © Arko Datto from the series "Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return"
  • © Arko Datto from the series Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return
    © Arko Datto from the series "Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return"
  • © Arko Datto from the series Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return
    © Arko Datto from the series "Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return"
  • © Arko Datto from the series Pik-Nik
    © Arko Datto from the series "Pik-Nik"
  • © Arko Datto from the series Pik-Nik
    © Arko Datto from the series "Pik-Nik"
  • © Arko Datto from the series, Shunyo Raja
    © Arko Datto from the series, "Shunyo Raja"
  • © Arko Datto from the series, Shunyo Raja
    © Arko Datto from the series, "Shunyo Raja"
  • © Arko Datto from the series Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return
    © Arko Datto from the series "Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return"
Arko Datto (IN) is one of thirteen talented artists to be awarded residencies for 2020 at Light Work in Syracuse, New York.

“This diverse group represents the breadth of important and innovative work being made in the field today,” said Light Work Director Shane Lavalette. “We are excited about their visions—the stories, ideas, and issues addressed through their images—and the creative risks they are taking with the medium of photography. We look forward to having them all in Syracuse soon!”

Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Residency program participants have the opportunity to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning, printing for a specific project or experimenting with a new photographic technique. The residency includes a $5,000 USD stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual, along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.

The other artists awarded include: David Alekhuogie, Farah Al Qasimi, Sophie Barbasch, Poulomi Basu, Melissa Catanese, Arko Datto, Alanna Fields, Tarrah Krajnak, Jan McCullough, Harold Mendez, Star Montana, Christie Neptune, and Leonard Suryajaya.

Arko Datto is represented by East Wing.  In 2018, East Wing presented his work at Photo London and Unseen Amsterdam Art Fairs.  An exhibition of his series 'Pik-Nik" was presented at Galleri Image in Aarhus, Denmark.  Arko also released two publications last year "Pik-Nik" (published by Le Bec en l'Air) and "Will My Mannequin Be Home When I Return" (published by L'Artiere), the first chapter of his trilogy on the Indian night.

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