Alka Dass
Alka Dass Alka Dass

Alka Dass

b. 1992, Durban, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg.

Alka Dass is a multidisciplinary artist who draws inspiration from Hindu mythology and rituals. Dass uses archival imagery to investigate the cultural and psychological spaces that are traditionally assigned to females in Desi culture. 

Education


2016: National Diploma, Durban University of Technology, Durban.

Work Experience

2016-2017: Gallery Assistant, Loading Bay Gallery, Durban.
2016: Assistant, Durban University of Technology, Digital Sculpture Festival, Durban.
2011-2013: Art and Craft curator, Holy Family College Collage, Durban.

Solo Exhibitions


2019: When I Was a Child I Thought the Moon Followed Me, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town.
2019: Where does the pain go when it goes away?, Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg.
2018: Alka Dass, The Project Space, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions


2020: Folds and Faults, University of Free State, Free State [online exhibition].
2020: Site Visit, L’AIR arts, Paris [online exhibition].
2020: #ALL WOMXN MATTER, Julie Miller Gallery, Johannesburg [online exhibition].
2020: Latitudes Art Fair, Johannesburg [online exhibition].
2020: Untangled, World Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2020: She Impressions, The Project Space, Johannesburg.
2020: Rise, 44 on Long Street, Cape Town.
2019: Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom.
2019: Familiar Threads, Museum of African Design, Underline Projects, Johannesburg.
2019: Empathic Whispers, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town.
2019: Eulogy: A Tribute to Benon Lutaaya, Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg.
2019: First Sunday’s, Victoria Yards, Johannesburg.
2019: Open Hands, Alliance Français, Johannesburg.
2019: Arty Bollocks, Victoria Yards, Johannesburg.
2019: Invisible Realm of Impossibility, FIAP Jean Monnett, Paris.
2019: Open Studio, August House, Johannesburg.
2019: Tswela Pele: First Collection of the Art Bank of South Africa, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2018: A flood in my Hands, Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom.
2018: FNB Joburg Art Fair, The Project Space, Johannesburg.
2018: Now, StArt Art Festival, St Theresa’s School, Johannesburg.
2018: ABSA L’Atelier Art competition, ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2018: Lipstick and Ladies, Afropolitan Gallery, Victoria Yards, Johannesburg.
2018: Open Studios, SAFFCA, France.
2018: Decently Damaged, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York.
2018: A flood in my Hands, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria.
2017: Aardklop National Arts Festival, The Bag Factory, Potchefstroom.
2017: FNB Joburg Art Fair, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
2017: Young Capital/ White Noise, Johannesburg Fringe, Johannesburg.
2017: Cultivate, King David School, Johannesburg.
2017: Turbine Art Fair, The Project Space, Johannesburg.
2016: Femergy, ArtSpace, Durban.

Residencies


2019: L’AiR Arts, Paris.
2019: Draw, international residency, Caylus, France.
2018: SAFFCA (Southern African Foundation For Contemporary Art) Residency, France.

Awards


2017: Winner, Young Female Residency Award, The Project Space, Johannesburg.

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