Arko Datto’s epic three-part series Shunyo Rajas’ (Kings of a Bereft Land) is a multi part series that chronicles the lives of those living in The Ganga-Brahma putra-Meghna Delta, the world’s largest delta. Climate change has rapidly put this region and its population in danger.
This catalog includes an essay by Light Work’s executive director Dan Boardman.
Arko Datto explores forced migration, techno-fascism, surveillance in the digital panopticon, disappearing islands, nocturnal realms, and psychosomatic stress of captive animals. His subjects vary, but together they form threads of inquiry into our times’ existential dilemmas. His long-term personal projects and commissions are published in TIME, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker among others. He received grants from the Prince Claus Fund, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and the IDFA Bertha Fund. Recent shows have been at SFO Museum(San Francisco), Fotomuseum Den Haag, Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt). He has published three photo books: Pik-nik (Editions Le bec en l’air, 2018, FR), Mannequin (Edizioni L’artiere, 2018. IT) and Snakefire (Edizioni L’artiere, 2021, IT). He co-curated the Chennai Photo Biennale 2021 and is represented by East Wing Gallery, Doha.