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Sutapa Biswas bibliography


Synapse, an Artist's Book. Limited edition (20), published by Sutapa Biswas, Canada. Essays by Pollock, G. and Towadros, G. pp 1-26. Buy from

Tawadros, G., 'Remembrance of Things Past and Present,' and Pollock, G.,' Tracing Figures of Presence: Naming Ciphers of Absence. Feminism, Imperialism and Postmodernity: the Work of Sutapa Biswas', in Walsh, N. Synapse. The Photographers' Gallery, London, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK.

2004 Sutapa Biswas: An Anthology of Essays, Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London, The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, USA. Essays by Pollock, G. (Professor of Art History, University of Leeds); Mulvey, L (Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birbeck College, University of London, and former Director of the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies); Synder, S. (Director and Chief Curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, Portland, Oregon) ; Brett, G. (Art Critic, writer and internationally renown Curator of Exhibitions); Baucom, I. (Associate Professor of English at Duke University, and author); Biswas, S.(artist and Lecturer) ; Roth, M. (Trefethan Professor of Art History, Mills College, USA, and author).


Pollock, G., and Parker, R., 1986. Framing Feminism: Art and The Women's Movement, 1970-85. Pandora Press, pp. 50, 67.

Kureishi, Y., 'Re-working Myths: Sutapa Biswas', in Robinson, H. (ed), 1996. Visibly Female: Feminism and Art Today. An Anthology, Camden Press, pp.37-42. Buy from

Nairn, S., 1987. The State of the Art: Ideas and Images in the 1980's A Channel 4 production and publication, pp. 166, 233,236,190,193.

Araeen, R., (1989). The Other Story, published by South Bank Centre, p.140. Buy from

Pollock, G., 'Whose Images of Women', and Miller, C., 'Women and Power', in Images of Women, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK, pp 47, 63.

Araeen, R., 'The Emergence of Black Consciousness in Contemporary Art in Britain: Seventeen Years of Neglected History', in Dexter, E. (ed) The Essential Black Art. Published by Chisenhale Gallery and Kala Press, London, UK, pp 26. 28, 31.

Wilson, J., 'What are We Doing Here ? Cultural Difference in Photographic Theory and Practice', and Jenkins, R., and Johnson, C., 'Disputed Identities', in SF Camerawork. Published by San Francisco, Camerawork, USA, pp 9, 28, 34.

Steyn, J., 'Women Picture the 1980s', in Taylor B., (ed), Critical Realism, published by Nottingham Castle Museum, UK, pp 15, 29, 31, 32, 35.

Wolff, J., 1990. Feminine Sentences: Essays on Women and Culture, Polity Press, p. 98. Buy from

Roth, M., 1992. Sounding The Depths, Exhibition catalogue, Irish Museum of Modern Art., p. 15.

Poovaya-Smith, N., 'The Circular Dance', in Connarty, J (ed) The Circular Dance, published by Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, pp 6,7, 10,13-16. Buy from

Anderson, E., 'Re-appraising Orientalism: A Personal Statement', in fine material for a dream…?, published by Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK, pp 12, 17, 20. Buy from

Rashid, I. I.,' in a pass to India', and Biswas, S., 'Artist's Statement', in Kingston, A., Beyond Destination, published by Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, pp8-9.

Grewal, I. and Kaplan, C., (ed.), 1994. Scattered Hegemonies, Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices. University of Minnesota Press. Buy from

Furlong, W., (1994). Audio Arts, Discourse and Practice in Contemporary Art, Academy Editions, p. 141. Buy from

Roth, M., 1995. 'Reading between the lines: the imprinted spaces of Sutapa Biswas', in Deepwell, K (ed) New Feminist Art Criticism, pp. 31-43. Buy from

Poovaya-Smith, N. (1995). 'Keys To the Magic Kingdom. The Transcultural Collections of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums', in Poovaya-Smith, N. (ed) and Hopper, C., (ed), Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and its Collections, Cartwright Hall, pp. 47, 85 Buy from

Barber, F. (1996). 'Shifting Practices: New Trends in Representations since the 1970s', in Dawtry, L, Jackson (co-ed), Jackson, T. (co-ed), Masterton, M. (co-ed), Meecham, P. (co-ed), Wood, P. (co-ed),Investigating Modern Art, Yale University Press in Association with The Open University, The Arts Council of England and the Tate Gallery, pp. 158,167. Buy from

Beauchamp-Byrd, M., (1997). Transforming the Crown, 1966- 1996. The Franklin H. Williams Cultural Centre/ The Africa Diaspora Centre / The Brooklyn Museum, New York, pp. 29, 38, 65, 123.

Baucom, I. 'Two Places At Once, Or The Same Place Twice: The Art of Sutapa Biswas', in Lloyd, J. Cross-Currents / Krysinger, University of Ethnography, Oslo, Norway, pp. 15-18, 22-23, 52-25, 59.

Baucom, I., 'every bit of it. all complete', in Deeds, D.A. (ed) The Unmapped Body: 3 Black British Artists, published by Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. pp 7, 8, 9, 16-19.

Manke, I., 'Crown Jewels,' in Osterwalder, A. (ed), Crown Jewels. Published by Osterwalder's Art Office, Hamburg., Germany. pp 11, 24-25.

Pollock, G. Differencing The Canon, Feminist Desire and the Writing of Art Histories, Routledge, pp173.

Jantjes, G. 'Case Study 1, Mapping Difference', in King, C., (ed). Views of Difference: Different Views in Art, Art and its Histories, Yale University and The Open Umiversity, pp. 37, 38. Buy from

2001 Wendt,S. Art Through the Eye of A Needle. Published by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, pp 80-84.

2004 Perry, G., (ed),Difference and Excess in Contemporary Art: The Visibility of Women's practice, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

2005 Roth, M. (2005). 'Sutapa Biswas: Flights of Memory / Rites of Passage / Assertions of Culture.' In Tawadros, G. (ed) Changing States: Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Globalisation, published by the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London. Buy from

Hall, S. 'Assembling the 1980s: The Deluge-and After', and Fisher, J. 'Dialogues'. In Bailey, D.A., Baucom, I., and Boyce, S. (ed) Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain. Duke University Press Durham, and London, the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA),the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA). Buy from


Kent, S.'The Issue of Painting'. Time Out. No. 840.
Emmanuel, C., 'Images of Resistance', The Tribune, 19/9/86.
Murdoch, L., The Issue of Painting, The Guardian, 16/7/86.
Janussczak, W., Anger at Hand, The Guardian, 27/11/86.

Bailey, D. A., 1986. Sutapa Biswas, in Ten 8, 22, pp. 10-16.

Bhabha, H. K., Storms of the Heart, in Art Monthly, November, 21, p. 5-7.
Baskin, L.U., Sutapa Biswas, A Selection of Paintings, in The Massachusetts Review (1988-1989), Vol XXXIX, no 19, pp 637-644 and front cover image.

Towadros, G., Beyond The Boundary: The Work of Three Black Women Artists, in Third Text, 8/9, pp.121-150.

Wilson, J., What Are We Doing Here? San Francisco Quarterly, Fall Issue.

Dutt, R., Arts Review. City Limits. 05-12/11/92.
Mulvihill, B., Synapse. Parallelogramme, 18 (1), p.12.
Hunt, I.C., Sutapa Biswas: Synapse. Art Monthly, 162, pp.19

Pollock, G., What's Critical About New Feminist Art Criticism. Women's Art, p 32.
Towadros, G., Sutapa Biswas: Remembrance of Things Past and Present., in Third Text 22, pp. 134 -140.

Cubitt, S., Third Text, Spring Issue, p.79
Cubitt, S., Beyond Destination. Variant. January, p 16 Buy from

Pollock, G., What's New About Feminist Art Criticism? Women's Art Magazine. p.67.

Chambers, E., Inside Out: Contemporary Women Artists in India. Art Monthly, 193.

Soutar, I., Sheffield Telegraph, 23/10/98.

Rich, S.K., (1999), in The Unmapped Body: 3 Black American Artists - Review, 3 January 1999.

2001 Arts Review, The New York Times, 04/12/01.

Lack, J, May 22, 2004. Sutapa Biswas, London. Exhibitions, Preview, The Guide, The Guardian, p37.
Arts Review, May/June, 2004. The Independent, The Five Best Exhibitions:
Artists' Newsletter, September, What's On Preview.
Update, page 24, The Lady, 21st-27th September.
In Town This Weekend , Metro (free London daily newspaper), 17th September.
Essential Guide, Nottingham Evening Post, 17th September.
Preview, The Guardian (The Guide), 18th September.

Own writing

Biswas, S., 'Artist's Statement', in Chandler, D.(ed) Intimate Distance. The Photographers' Gallery, London, pp 1, 4.
Biswas, S., 'Artist's Statement', in Walsh, N. (ed) Fabled Territories, Leeds City Art Galleries and Viewpoint Gallery, UK, pp 15, 41. Buy from

Biswas, S. The Presence of Black Women, Art Monthly, 123, 11.

Biswas, S., 'White Noise', in Gupta, S. (ed),Disrupted Borders. An intervention in definitions of boundaries, Rivers Osram Press, pp. 25-35. Buy from
Biswas, S., 'Artist's Statement', in Kingston, A., Beyond Destination, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, pp8-9.

Biswas, S.,' The Awakening Conscience', in Steyn, J. and Gange, J,Act 2, Art Criticism and Theory: Beautiful Translations, Pluto Press, pp 121-128.
Biswas, S., 'To Kill Two Birds with One Stone', in Wilkinson, S. (ed) Locus + 1993-1996, Locus +, pp 34-37. Cadwallader, H. (ed), Vade Mecum, a compendium of new art, published by Locus +, pp 31-35.
Biswas, S.,'To Kill Two Birds With One Stone'.Re-figuring Women in Landscape, Camerawork - A Journal of Photographic Art, fall-winter, pp 28-31.

Biswas, S. Sexta Bienal de La Habana - el individuo y su memoria, mayo, junio, Published by the Ministry of Culture, France, pp 91.
Biswas, S., Artist's Statement. In MAP. Published by Valo Kuva, pp 17.

Biswas, S.,' Identity and Environment', in Davies, S (ed) Identity and Environment. Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, pp 32-32.

Biswas, S. in email correspondence with Roth, M. (2005). 'Sutapa Biswas: Flights of Memory / Rites of Passage / Assertions of Culture'. In Tawadros, G (ed), Changing States: Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Globalisation, Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London, pp 218-229.

Selected Web sites

1998-05 Sutapa Biswas,…Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows: Yale University, featured on:

Sutapa Biswas, featured on the Art Gallery of Ontario web site: exhibition_specific.cfm?ID=406
Sutapa Biswas, featured on: /arts-entertainment/ whats on/private-background.cfm

2002-06 Sutapa Biswas. Untitled (The Trials and Tribulations of Mickey Baker) work exhibited at Tate Modern, London. Work featured on web site. Active between October 2002-October 2006, and on:

Sutapa Biswas, Birdsong, featured on the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) web site:

Biswas, S., Research at Chelsea College of Art and Design,

Sutapa Biswas, Birdsong, featured on Film and Video Umbrella web site: Active since 2003.
2004/5 Sutapa Biswas, featured in the Harewood House web site,

Sutapa Biswas, about Magnesium Bird by Moira Roth, featured on

Conferences and Talks

Beyond the Frame, Beyond the Window in Beautiful Translations, Tate Gallery, London UK, Pluto Press.
Presentation at Expo Arte, Feria International De Galerias De Arte Contemporaneo Guadelahara, Mexico.

Presentation of my work in 'Sexta Bienale de La Habana, el individuo y su memori', Havana, Cuba.
'Memory and Desire in Fine Art Education and the Museum', Tate Gallery, London.

'Examining process in Mapping the Body: Three Black British Artists', Yale University, New Haven.

'Woman in Blue, Jan Vemeer in Shades of Black: Assembling the Eighties', Duke University, North Carolina.

'Private Thoughts, Public Moments in Museums After Modernism - Strategies of Engagement', York University, Toronto, Canada, April.
'Time and Memory in Gestural Politics: Identity and the Performative', Royal College of Art, London.

Artist's talk, Tate Modern, London, UK.

Biswas, S., and Jones, A., 'The Owl and the Pussycat: the concept of travel', part of a series of lectures, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, between October 2004 and April 2005.
Paper given at Camden Arts Centre, London, on the work of Roderick Buchanan and Runa Islam.

Public Lecture and contribution to symposium (details to be confirmed), Reed College, Portland Oregon, USA.

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