In Nityananda’s artistic practice, meaning itself has a dubious role in the understanding, identification and description of the material world. For him, meanings cannot be constant - it is socio-culturally determined and tends to get altered with time and space. Ojha’s practice unfolds new relationships through moments of negotiations and their critical analysis. He believes that empirical existence of space and situation is still not fully accessible and ideation remains limited to our cognitive realm. This space is in a constant state of flux wherein predefined ideas of existence keep getting metamorphosed into different domains. Through the work, ‘The Ramp of Sacrifice’ displayed at this exhibition, Nityananda’s attempts to question the idea of existence relative to interdependencies between species and specifics. With this series of work, he intends to democratise the idea of illumination as well as demarcate an anthropomorphic space by initiating discourses around luxury, fashion, consumerism and versions of capitalism in the present. The work unfolds the idea of inversion of this interioriority through the use of technology, medium and thought.
Nityananda Ojha was born in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He obtained an MVA degree
in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine-Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2009 and a BVA from Utkal University of culture, Bhubaneswar in 2002. He was awarded Junior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India (2014-15). He has been a part of several group shows, some of which are - Moonwalk, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai (2009), ‘Experiment with Truth, an exhibition of contemporary art, Bhubaneswar (2019); Drawing-2014, Gallery Espace, an exhibition at IGNCA, New-Delhi (2014); Readymade, an interactive workshop on found objects organised by UTSHA Foundation Bhubaneshwar (2014) and Barbil, a group show at Nature Morte, New-Delhi (2013). Nityananda also has been a part of various projects and residencies such as - Art and Ecology | Searching for Sustainability, a public art project by IDCO and UTSHA Foundation for Contemporary Art, Bhubaneswar (2014) and Pago, a public art project by Bakul Foundation (2018).
Nityananda lives and works in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.