What the Sea Tells us

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote has been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice, and is also a leading Indian poet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking 2014), Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton 2018), and The Atlas of Lost Beliefs (Arc 2020). His translation of a 14 th -century Kashmiri woman mystic’s poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics 2011). Hoskote was the curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). He co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim (2008). With Rahul Mehrotra and Kaiwan Mehta, Hoskote co-curated the exhibition-conference platform The State of Architecture: Practices and Processes in India (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay 2016).

Hoskote is an alumnus of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and has been writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). India’s National Academy of Letters has honoured him with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Irish Gaelic, Swedish, Spanish, and Arabic.