As it gets etched in memory, so it does in stone. Sangam Vankhade is a Baroda-Based Sculptor. As an artist, Sangam’s works highlight various aesthetic and cultural choices through monuments and their momentariness. As a sculptor, Sangam’s artistic practice generates spaces through which histories, stories, traces, memories and motifs as symbolical values, incorporated to create different ground of lived pasts and presents. Sangam primarily materialises his artistic practice through working with stones and drawing-based works. Working with stone has been a continuous engagement for Sangam from his childhood, as he comes from a stone-carving family. The idea of stone, the material’s solidity, different means of fragility, and bringing back the memories in the material present, have been the central ideas of Sangam’s artistic practice and research. The recent body of work interrogates a layered sense of monumentality through material, memory and miniaturisation. Both philosophically and artistically, Sangam’s stones talk about different empires, power relations in the present and the traces through larger permanences, those which can be experienced and lived.
Sangam Vankhade(b.1991) completed his B.V.A (2013) and M.V.A (2016) in Sculpture from Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. He has attended international and national camps such as the 9th Tehran International Stone Sculpture, Symposium Iran (2019); Scogliera Viva-Sculpturing The Sea, International Symposium Italy (2018); Lalit Kala Academy, regional centre woodcarving camp Vidyaagar (2019); International sculptural symposium, ITM Vadodara (2015) among others.
Sangam has also done a solo show ‘Even stone tells stories’, Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad in 2018. Sangam also has participated in various group shows, which include episteme, curated by Monica Jain at Art Centrix Space (2021); 'What is your story exhibition gallery?’, Art positive Delhi (2021); Peripheries of the virtual exhibition (2021); Times of India art exhibition, Ahmedabad (2020); Pepper House Kochi(2018); CIMA Art Gallery (2017); Unfold Voyage (2017) Kanoria Centre for Arts (2016-19 ); Final year display, MSU, Vadodara (2016); Lalit Kala Academy, Ahmadabad (2015); Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery(2015); ITM University (2014) and Lalit Kala Academy Ahmadabad (2014) among others. Sangam has exhibited his works at India Art Fair in its several editions such as 2022, 2019, 2018, 2016. He has also been awarded many prestigious awards ‘Scogliera
Viva-Sculpturing The Sea’,International Award, Italy(2018); Prafulla Dhanukar Award(2017-18); Abir Award, Ahmadabad (2016); Gujarat State Award(2015 -17); Bombay Art Society gold medal (2015); Gujarat State Award (2014) and HRD, Ministry of culture (2013) among others.
Sangam currently stays and works at Ahmedabad, Gujarat