Alisha Dutt Islam

(Indian, b. 1994. Lives and works in Zurich)

Alisha Dutt Islam cultivates our inner botanist skilfully through her colourful illustrations, inviting us to explore the wonders of the natural world. 

One of the recurring themes in Dutt Islam’s works is the curiosity and fascination that we experienced as children regarding the origins and uniqueness of various species in our habitat. By juxtaposing elements from different species, Dutt Islam prompts us to consider the complexity of our own origins and identities, urging us to reflect on the notions of borders, belonging, and the interconnectedness of all life forms. Her art serves as a gentle reminder that life is intertwined, and our understanding of our habitat and ourselves should embrace diversity and interconnectedness.

Dutt Islam is currently pursuing a MA in Transdisciplinary Studies in the Arts at the ZHdK (Zurich, Switzerland). She also holds a MA Fine Arts from the ZHdK (Zurich, Switzerland)(2023) and a Bachelor of Design Information Arts and Information Design Practices from the Srishti College of Art Design and Technology of the University of Mysore (Karnataka, India)(2016).

Dutt Islam’s previous solo and group exhibitions include (selection): Sukkulenten-Sammlung, Sukkulenten-Sammlung, Zurich, Switzerland (2023); Best of Flüelastrasse, Offspace Flüelastrasse, Zurich, Switzerland (2023); Shifting Coordinates, Offspace Flüelastrasse, Zurich, Switzerland (2023); Winter Auction, ZHdK, Zurich, Switzerland (2022); Florina, 47A, Mumbai, India (2022); In The Other Room, Sonnenstube, Lugano, Switzerland (2022); Five Million Incidents, Goethe-Institut, Kolkata, India (2020); Flowers of Bengal, Motherland Studios, Kolkata, India (2019).