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Constantly juggling between the identity of a designer who photographs and a photographer who designs, Ankita is a communication designer, an aspiring design fabulist and an artist, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The inertia of her design/artistic practice is in motion towards creating work that matters — work that informs, engages and stimulates the audience.

Wanting to make a difference, she strives to be kind and empathetic. Given the complexity and overload of information in this ever-changing world, her greatest interest, as a wearer of different hats, is to explore how to make this information accessible and easily comprehensible through various media. 

Currently a Project Management Assistant at the World Trade Organization, she is also one of the ten co-founders and artists of Collectif Kimera, the artist collective that founded and manages the art space, Espace Dukat in Carouge, Switzerland.

Holding the degrees of MA in Space and Communication Design from HEAD Geneva and B.Des in Fashion Communication, NIFT Kolkata, in her professional life, Ankita has collaborated with esteemed institutions such as the Financial Times, National Geographic Photo Camp, WIRED, Dorling Kindersley (a div. of Penguin Random House), Imperial College London, and the Ministry of Textiles (Government of India). She is also a member of NEAR, Swiss Association for Contemporary Photography. She won the best Graduation Project in the Dept. of Fashion Communication among all 15 centres of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India.

AVAILABLE FOR A CONVERSATION MOSTLY AT: ankitadas1997@gmail.com
@herecomesthepotato
in/ankitamdas

WORK EXPERIENCE
World Trade Organization, Geneva, CH
Project Management Assistant, 2024
Intern, 2023 - 2024

Collectif Kimera & Espace Dukat, Geneva, CH
Co-founder & Artist
2023 - Present

Le Dhaba, Geneva, CH
Waitress
2022 - 2024

National Geographic Photo Camp, Ocean Connections
Teaching Assistant
2021

VisionWorkshops, US
Student Advisory Board Member
2020 - Present

Render the Stress Curve, Delhi, IN
Co-f
ounder
2020

Dorling Kindersley, Delhi, IN
Assistant Art Editor, 2019 - 2021
Design Intern, 2017

National Geographic Photo Camp, Rishikesh, IN
Teaching Assistant
2019

Central Cottage Industries Limited,
Ministry of Textiles, Kolkata, IN

Design Intern
2018 - 2019

Calcutta Bungalow, Kolkata, IN
Design Assistant
2018 - 2019

National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata, IN
Design Intern
2018

Contract Advertising, Delhi, IN
Visualiser, Intern
2016


EXHIBITIONS
2024 
Plat(t)form, FotoMuseum Winterthur, CH

2024 
nearxBYOB, Nuit des Images, Photo Elysée, Lausanne, CH

2024 
Popote, Espace Dukat, Carouge, CH

2024 
Foto Viernes, Uvas Y Hojas, Pescadero, BCS, MEX

2023-2024
Appropriate Barragán
, Barragán Gallery, Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, DE

2023
Peckham 24
, Copeland Gallery, London, UK

2023
Queerfeminist cinema
, Sleepover, HKB, Basel, CH

2023 
Expanding Feminist Film in Public Space, Designathon, Zurich, CH

2022
The Next Great Fashion Image Makers, Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, IT

2022
Earth - A Retrospective
, Bombas Gens, Valencia, ES

2020,
‘Soon is Now’ Exhibition, Creatives Against COVID-19 x Home of Guinness, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, IE

2019
National Geographic Photo Camp Exhibition, Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, US

2019
Art Exhibit, The India Story, Kolkata, IN

2019
Toolbox, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, IN


PUBLICATIONS, TALKS, CONFERENCES
2024
Feature,
The Body on Camera, Financial Times Weekend Magazine

2023
Portrait Commission,
How Dr. Clara Nellist Collides Art and Science,WIRED

2023
Feature, 
Photo Camp Stories: Our World Through the Lens of Young Photographers,
National Geographic

2023
Panel talk, 
Being & Non-being: Performing the Body Online,Peckham 24 Festival, London, UK

2023
Photo Commission,A guide to Zürich's flourishing plant-based dining scene,Financial Times Globetrotter

2022
Panel talk, 
Knowledge, Awareness and Social Change,
PhotoVogue Festival, Milan, IT

2022
Paper presentation, 
Junior Design Research Conference, CH

2022
Feature, 
Vogue China, PhotoVogue Vol II, September 2022

2022
Feature, 
H – The Notion of Humanist Photography

2022
Artist talk, 
Book launch: H – The Notion of Humanist Photography

2022, 2019
Commission,
Hot Potato News

WORKSHOPS, RESIDENCIES
Student, 
National Geographic Photo Camp Alumni Masterclass, Washington DC, US

Artist, 
PhotoVogue x VoiceHQ NFT residency

Workshop Host, 
Junior Design Research Conference, Basel, CH

Student, 
Reappropriate Barragan, CDMX, MX

Artist, 
Project H: The Notion of Humanist Photography, Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Dudelange, LU

Student, 
Storytelling for Impact, National Geographic

Student, 
National Geographic Photo Camp, Global Connections

Student, 
National Geographic Photo Camp, Kolkata, IN

PRESS24 Artists to Collect in 2024, Saatchi Art, 2024

The Today Show, NBC, December 2023

National Geographic Photo Camp Celebrates its 20th Anniversary, National Geographic Society Newsroom, 2023

A young Indian woman is demystifying PCOS through photography, Scroll, July 2018

Ankita Das: Your Acystant to PCOS, Chennai Photo Biennale Prism, October 2020

Meet the next generation of artists chosen from our “Global Open Call: The Next Great Fashion Image Makers”
, PhotoVogue, August 2022

Knowledge, Awareness and Social Change, PhotoVogue, November 2022

PCOS Awareness Month, Elle India, Instagram, 2020

Les Pépites de Taous Dahmani, Revue 6 Mois, Instagram, 2023

Ankita Das- Rickshaw Pullers of India, National Geographic Photo Camp, Instagram, 2018

#WorldPhotoDay, Ankita Das, National Geographic Society, Instagram, 2020

Ankita Das - A Small Plate of Observations, Broad Magazine, 2023

Anatomy of Home, Broad Magazine, 2020