About Arko Datto :
My aim with photography is to question what it means to be a photographer in the digital age while simultaneously playing the role of observer and commentator on critical issues. I pursue narratives on seemingly disparate topics- forced migration, techno- fascism, surveillance in the digital panopticon, disappearing islands, nocturnal realms and psychosomatic stress of captive animals to name a few. Although every narrative I explore is separate and different from the next, together they form threads of inquiry into the existential dilemmas of our times.By incorporating and developing diverse visual languages, narratives and styles, I want to push the boundaries of both still and moving images. I was on my way to a doctorate in theoretical sciences before I decided to change course. Apart from working on my own visual projects, I also enjoy curating the works of others and have been associated with Kochi Biennale, Obscura Photography Festival and Chennai Photo Biennale in this regard.
The Guftgu Series have been facilitated and supported by Pro-Helvetia New Delhi’s Now On Grant for the year 2020.