Nandan Ghiya’s oeuvre defines the future by persistently exploring the past; a story that begins with the emergence of portrait photography in India. First construed as an object of curiosity and narcissism, this trend gave way to a new art form – studio photography, wherein the photographer blurred the lines between reality and imagination with the painted image creating a new paradigm of the hyper-real. Ghiya probes every aspect of this phenomenon, from the static frames, the flat, painted backdrops, the ersatz embellishments, the mismatched Indo-western costumes, to the bright background tints, unearthing an ethnographic documentation of a tempestuous era in colonized India. His works investigate the relationship between photography and technology, often subverting them, to ultimately comprehend the fragmented human self and desire in the age of precarious modernity.
Ghiya was born in Rajasthan in 1980. He has a diploma in fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. Over the years, Ghiya has had solo exhibitions in New Delhi, Hong Kong and Mumbai; and has been part of important group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art and Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas, amongst others. His recent solo ‘Ellipsis: Between Word & Image’ curated by Rahaab Allana was held at the Museum Galleries, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Ghiya’s work is also part of the prestigious Kadist collection.
He lives and works in Jaipur.