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Devadeep Gupta
B. 1989
Guwahati, Assam, India

My artistic work is centered around the exploration of regional ecological uncertainties, conveyed through a critical examination of institutionalized histories and contemporary mainstream perspectives. Inspired by site-specific occurrences, ancestral oral traditions, familial relationships and archival history, I explore forms of the intricate relationship between people and their land. Functioning in the intersectional space between conceptual and documentary, my artistic practice engages the convergence of historical narratives and community-based ecological interactions. In process, I aim to question state-induced development-centric initiatives tend to disregard the delicate web of coexistence embedded in local cultural contexts.

Feeling the need to extend beyond the confines and individuality of my artistic practice, I co-founded an artistic collective – Northeast Lightbox (NELB), with an aspiration to facilitate an inclusive, discourse-based platform on regional history. NELB serves as a platform for research-led conversations based on archival discourse, fostering dialogue among regional artists, academics, and audiences. Our archival focus lies on histories of local social-work groups, grass-root activist organisations, social mobility and pressure groups.  Apart from archiving as a documentation practice, we aim to engage regional archives as potent artistic tools that challenge blanket perceptions while facilitating comprehensive dialogs through exhibitions, workshops and residencies. With a network of multidisciplinary collaborators, NELB acts as a bridge between historical facts and contemporary perspectives.

Currently based in Guwahati, India


2017 – 2019          Master of Fine Arts
                                  Bauhaus Universitaet, Weimar, Germany


2007- 2012          Bachelor of Architecture
                                  School of Architecture and Landscape Design, Jammu and Kashmir, India


Species, Soil and Successors, Oyoun Cultural Centre, Berlin, Germany

Listening to the Land, Lecture Performance, Oyoun Cultural Centre, Berlin, Germany

Kaghazi Pairahan, Co-Curator, Protest Photo-Book Library contextual to South-Asian
Politico-culture scape in Rencontres d'Arles, France, produced by EditionsJOJO
and Double Dummy Studios
Inter-Archives Conversations, The Collective School, Asia Art Archives Northeast Lightbox and Malaysia Design Archives.

Sisters of Tezpur, Archival Exhibition Conception and Curation, Northeast Lightbox and Tezpur Mahila Samiti, Assam

Beyond Migration Forum, Goethe Institute, Kolkata, India

 Emami Experimental Film Festival, Emami Art, india

Eyes That Saw Are Wide Shut, Archival Residency and Exhibition for North East Network,
supported by INLAKS India Foundation

Simultan Art Festival, Timisoara, Romania


Hongkong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong

Normalizing Disasters, Sudden Beams, UK

Fields of Vision, VAICA, New Delhi, India

Ostrale Biennale, Dresden, Germany


Climate, Changed, Nottingham, UK

Chronicles of an Inferno, Egaro Festival, India


Did You Mean Bauhaus, Gallerie Bernau, Berlin, Germany

Imaginary Bauhaus Museum, Schiller Museum, Weimar, Germany

Where Do You Go When You Leave, MAATI Centre, Guwahati, India

3rd Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin, Germany

DISPLA(Y)CED, Gallerie Alte Feuerwache, Dresden, Germany


Selected Works





Awards and Grants

IAWS Archival Grant for Exhibition on Tezpur Mahila Samiti’s Archives, 2023

INLAKS Take-Off Grant, 2021

Bauhaus Annual Fine Arts Scholarship, 2018



Northeast Lightbox Residency, Majuli, India

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