Exposure Award 2020 runner-up
Founded in 2009, UP Gallery (Hsinchu, Taiwan) is the country's first gallery dedicated to photographic and moving image works. Photographic artist and Up Gallery founder Yichia Liao saw the need for an unconventional platform to expose photo-based art in the country. Thanks to its excellent facilities, programming, staff and space, UP Gallery has developed a prestigious reputation among the other galleries in Taiwan. Over the years it has formed a strong focus on Indian contemporary photography.
The gallery's Art Director Agnes (Tzu-ning) Liao has a Masters degree in photography from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London). Her interests lay in nurturing the creative development of Asian photographers and guiding them into the international art world. Liao is also passionate about creating cross-cultural exhibitions and working with artists from around the world. Her main field of expertise is in contemporary art photography.
Dialogues of an Introvert is based on the contrast between real and the imaginary. Sameer Tawde creates the work by using everyday objects and settings, while attempting to capture them in defamiliarising ways. Hoping to draw attention to the separation and alienation between the self and the outside world, the artist suggests new paths of connecting human beings to their infrastructure and environment. The series also centers around illusions, which is achieved by making miniature sets and life-sized installations. 'In short, it is my take on the human psyche while observing the present and also suggesting innovative practices of reflecting the future,' he says.
While Tawde has a strong background in documentary photography, his recent shift in style is a result of his artist residences in France and Japan. His clever sense of humor balanced with an understanding towards the social, political and environmental issues surrounding him result in intriguing works.
Sameer Tawde is a visual artist currently based out of Mumbai, India. Practicing photography, video, sculpture and installation, his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally. In 2013 and 2014, he was invited for an artist residency at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ( Japan) and the Museum Quai Branly (Paris). In 2012, he was nominated for the Paul Huf Award.
His work largely involves humor, playfulness and is always interlaced between the two parallel worlds of the real and the imaginary.
Presently, his works are part of international public and private collections.