Arko Datto is an artist, educator and curator from Kolkata, India. Incorporating photography, video and installation art in his practice, he probes questions surrounding the image in the digital age while simultaneously playing the role of observer and commentator on critical contemporary issues.
His long-term personal projects, visual essays and commissions have been published in TIME, National Geographic, NEWSWEEK, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Smithsonian, Harper’s Magazine among others. He has received grants from Prince Claus Fund, The National Geographic Society, IDFA Bertha Fund, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting for his projects. His work has been exhibited globally at venues including the SFO Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Galleri Image, Unseen Amsterdam, Photo London among others.
He has published 3 photobooks: PIK-NIK (Editions Le bec en l’air, 2018), MANNEQUIN (Edizioni l’Artiere, 2018), SNAKEFIRE (Edizioni l’Artiere, 2021). Datto has been an artist-in-residence at programs including Light Work, the Camargo Foundation, Docking Station and Rimbun Dahan. He co-curated the Chennai Photo Biennale 2021 and is represented by East Wing Gallery.