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Resurgence

21 April 2020

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Fire Continuum

23 August 2018

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New world chronicles of an old world colour

07 July 2016

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  • Ronny Sen – ‘The work is about the apocalypse in a certain way, where everything will go to the fire and the dust’

    Ronny Sen talks about photographing the out-of-control fires burning underground in the coal mines of Jharia, India, how he ensures every image has something it reveals and something it hides, and the death of Kolkata. He photographs the explosions by daylight: in Jharia End of Time 11 (2014), a plume of grey and brown smoke curls into the sky, while a patch of dried grass uncannily matches its colours.

    Sen is also a film-maker; his first feature film, Cat Sticks (2019), received an honourable mention at the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.

    Studio International
    06 Apr 2019
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  • Vogue | Who and Why Ronny Sen



    From photographing the General Elections in 2014 for the United Nations and Fabrica to being part of the permanent collection of the Alkazi Foundation and winning the Getty Images Instagram Grant, Sen straddles reportage and documentation through his work, and has recently made his filmmaking debut with Cat Sticks, which will be hitting the festival circuit soon.

    Vogue
    08 Dec 2018
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  • A way into the future: Optics of cruelty



    A recent exhibition by photographer Ronny Sen features images of the coal fire that has been burning in Jharia — a coal-mining town in Jharkhand — since the early 1900s, as well as the unethical and unsustainable mining practices that continue in the area till today. The artist looks deeply into the current issue of environmental degradation that has made life almost unliveable in some parts of the world.

    Domus
    10 Oct 2018
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  • Fire Continuum



    Ronny Sen's second solo exhibition at TARQ highlights his photographic engagement with the contemporary landscape. with a sharp focus on Jharia, a coal mining town in Jharkhand

    Saffron Art
    29 Sep 2018
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  • Embers of the Dying Future

    Photographs offer a documentation of a time. One singular moment, reference, trigger of a memory that was. Fire Continuum, previously published as End of Time, tells of time that will continue as is; the beginning of endlessness, when nothing will move along with the days making it appear as though this, that is now, will last forever.

    Matters of Art
    27 Sep 2018
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  • Highway to Hell

    On a livid colour wall, in 21 photographs of 9 x 6.75 inches, a fire is burning. As static as the photographs are, the sequentially changing shapes of the flames emerging out of the pitch-black ground gives mobility to the immobile. These photographs along with the 40 other photographs exhibited at Tarq, an art gallery in Colaba, narrates the tale of the infamous coal fires that have been burning in Jharia for more than hundred years. And the storyteller is the Kolkata-based photographer and filmmaker Ronny Sen.

    Asian Age
    12 Sep 2018
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  • Road to Perdition

    Brown forests, lakes of fire. Burning mountains and broken temples. Empty villages — all consumed by toxic fumes. In photographer Ronny Sen’s rendition of Jharia - a coal mining town in Jharkhand, the earth seems to come alive of its own accord. Sprouting neither greens nor grain, it implodes and explodes as though in rage, unable to contain the fire that has been burning in its belly for over a century.

    The Hindu
    07 Sep 2018
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  • Witnessing the Apocalypse

    Ronny Sen's exhibition on the coal mining town of Jharia takes a deep look at environmental degradation

    The Afternoon DC
    07 Sep 2018
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  • Highlighting environmental issues by capturing reality

    Photographer Ronny Sen’s second solo show at Mumbai’s Tarq Gallery is titled Fire Continuum. Following his last exhibition in Mumbai, New World Chronicles Of An Old World Colour, presented in 2016, the new exhibition, Fire Continuum, continues to highlight Sen’s photographic engagement with the contemporary landscape. Shifting his lens to Jharia, a coal mining town in Jharkhand, the artist looks deeply into the current issue of environmental degradation that has made life unlivable in some parts of the world.

    18 Aug 2018
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  • The Seer And The Seen — Ronny Sen



    Bridging the gap between a photographer and photojournalist, Ronny Sen’s works make for poetic form of storytelling and a compelling documentation of our times. His most captivating series End Of Time - on the coal town of Jharia, Jharkhand, where underground res have been burning for more than a century - recently won him the Getty Images Instagram Grant 2017

    Design Fabric
    30 Nov 2017
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  • Ronny Sen photographs a beautiful Polish winter

    Dregs of a common political past is what photographer Ronny Sen thought he would find when he moved to the Polish port city of Gdańsk for an art residency last year. Sen came from Kolkata, a city ruled by a Communist government for more than three decades, and expected to find in Poland—also an erstwhile communist regime—a landscape similar to where he came from.

    Architectural Digest
    06 Jul 2016
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  • Red is the warmest colour

    In the midst of a Polish winter, Ronny Sen searches for traces of the country’s communist past In this writer’s experience, photographers aren’t always great raconteurs. But 29-year-old Ronny Sen disproves that. Kolkata-based Sen is in town to showcase his work made during a residency in Poland in 2015

    The Hindu
    05 Jul 2016
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  • While searching for Poland’s Red past, an Indian photographer discovers its beautiful grey winter

    Ronny Sen wanted to discover commonalities between Gdańsk and Kolkata. He found something else in the process. Last winter, when photographer Ronny Sen was at an art residency in Gdańsk, Poland, he was possessed by the idea of discovering a past that mirrored the Communist landscape of his hometown, Kolkata.

    Scroll
    05 Jul 2016
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  • Platform. Vol VI. Issue 3. Film. Ronny Sen- Cat Sticks

    Cat Sticks is Ronny Sen's debut film and a remarkable one at that. The film explores, in excruciating detail, the lives of the hidden brown sugar  (an adulterated, cheaper form of heroin, also known as smack) addicts of Kolkata. Drug addiction has always been a sensitive subject, whether in literature or cinema and there seems to be a stock attitude with which it is dealt with- one that is less invested in understanding the disease that is drug addiction, and more interested in issuing a warning about it.

    Platform Magazine
    15 Jan 2020
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  • Cinestaan:Ronny Sen’s Cat Sticks to be streamed on MUBI from 12 April

    Ronny Sen’s Cat Sticks, the only Indian production to have been screened at the Slamdance Film Festival last year, will be streamed on the online platform MUBI from 12 April. The film was premiered at the Kolkata International Film Festival last year. An experimental take on drug addiction, Ronny Sen’s film features Tanmay Dhanania, Sumeet Thakur, Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Rahul Dutta, Saurabh Saraswat, Sreejita Mitra, Raja Chakravorty and Kalpan Mitra in crucial roles. The black-and-white film also reveals an unexplored image of Kolkata

    Cinestaan
    07 Apr 2020
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  • Mid-Day: Team Guide Recommends

    Drug addiction can eat you up from inside like termites eating through wood, till your life comes crashing down like an uprooted tree. Photographer Ronny Sen's debut feature film, Catsticks.

    Drug addiction can eat you up from inside like termites eating through wood, till your life comes crashing down like an uprooted tree. Photographer Ronny Sen’s debut feature film, Catsticks, explores that sordid subject through the lens of Kolkata’s junkies, exposing the city’s underbelly. I have seen people’s lives there spiral downwards due to brown sugar. It’s as if the addict’s entire existence is consumed by the drug, and he is as helpless about it as a hungry dog is when it sees a slab of meat. But to Sen’s credit, he treats his protagonists with a certain sense of empathy. And his shutterbug sensibilities make for stark visuals accentuated by the cinematography. So catch the film when it releases on a streaming platform this weekend. Spend an hour-and-a-half getting your movie-watching fix.

    Mid-Day
    09 Apr 2020
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  • Midday- Get Creative for Covid relief

    Ronny Sen, artist Filmmaker and photographer Ronny Sen who has been urging people to donate towards COVID-relief in exchange for a photograph conceptualised and shot for them. "They need to send me a phrase, a word or a line from a song and I interpret that as a photograph," he says. Sen has taken up 10 such requests so far with a donation of R10,000 each. Log on to quarancharity.com

    Mid-day
    22 May 2020
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  • Platform- Resurgence mention

    While the virus is consuming our screens and social media, we wanted to focus on the state of the world with humans temporarily taken out of the equation. It is interesting to see nature feeling free to finally breathe again, from more birds chirping to spotting dolphins, to cleaner air. At the same time, we are aware of the grave consequences the global shut down will have on the economy at large, and especially on already disadvantaged communities all around the world. In Resurgence, the works look at ideas of environmental degradation, healing in both urban and rural spaces, while acknowledging the stillness and uncertainty that surrounds us.

    Platform Magazine
    28 Apr 2020
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  • Stir- Rethinking political structures and image-making with Ronny Sen

    On May 25, 2020, photographer and filmmaker Ronny Sen posted a photograph on Instagram from his then ongoing National Geographic assignment documenting the violent aftermath of Cyclone Amphan in the Sundarbans of West Bengal. The photograph shows a 50-year-old Rahimul Khan on the day of Eid as he offers Namaz in front of his broken home in Ghoramara Island, Sundarbans. While the photograph illustrates the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone, Khan’s resilience emanates a sense of hope that underscores the overarching tragedy.

    Stir
    20 Jun 2020
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