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Background


An independent award-winning filmmaker based in Hamburg, Germany, who is originally from New Delhi. She will earn an MFA in film at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg in the summer of 2024. In the spring of 2022, she spent a semester abroad at FAMU's prestigious film school in Prague, Czech Republic.

Priyanka, with 20 years of professional dance experience, is trained in Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam and active in Hamburg's dance scene, focusing on dancehall and experimental styles. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Media Communication from Nottingham Trent University in 2018 and was awarded "Best Academic Performer" by Pearl Academy in New Delhi, India.

In 2017, she established "Laidback Productions," with specializing in producing indie cinema, collaborating with artists worldwide, and has a background in fashion and lifestyle commercials. 

Her shorts "NAMASTE" (2018) and "ASHANTI" (2020) have been recognized and selected at various festivals, including Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival, LA Fashion Film Festival, Lift-Off Global Sessions, and Comic Con Festivals.




Artistic
Practice & Vision



Priyanka Sarkar's art, primarily focusing on the feminine, challenges conventional artistic expression and promotes gender equality with her focus on creating multi-sensorial experiences.

She uses film and video to trigger cognitive and emotional sensations, promoting contemplative dialogue, in her experimental, nonlinear time-based work, which is focused on rediscovering freedom. Sarkar incorporates Indian scriptures and philosophy into her work, connecting it to India's cultural heritage.

Her work delves into identity and diversity, to transcend individual borders and foster a sense of shared meaning and collective consciousness in a de-colonial mindset.










ALL PROJECTS - SHORT FILMS / COMMERCIALS / PERFORMANCE-ART 



YATRA / SHORT FILM / 2023 / PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

YATRA 





An avant-garde short film inspired by the philosophy “Atman is Brahman," written in the Hindu Upanishads, which can be attained by expanding the soul through the seven states of consciousness.

ARATA / COMMERCIAL / 2020 / NEW DELHI, INDIA


ARATA 




Rebranding campaign for an Indian wellness brand founded in 2018. The brand name, Arata (Japanese: 新た), means ‘fresh’ and ‘new’ in Japanese.




HARPER’S BAZAAR / COMMERCIAL / 2018-19 / NEW DELHI, INDIA

HARPER’S
BAZAAR





Harper's Bazaar India is a magazine that celebrates the best in luxury, design and style.  I was working as a freelance videographer with Harper’s Bazaar India in 2019-20 for their monthly style campaigns.



AUTHENTIKKA / COMMERCIAL / 2023 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

AUTHEN
TIKKA




An Indian restaurant in Hamburg, Germany with a concept of promoting Indian nostalgia. Created two campaigns for the brand and I produced videos from ideation to finished product working together with the marketing team. 





DIVANA / SHORT FILM / 2021 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

DIVANA




A girl’s romanticism about being in a new city and her desire to find her tribe by movement; the film moves forward by revealing more characters dancing against a dead city as a backdrop with disco aesthetic and fashion styling.





ASHANTI / SHORT FILM / 2020 / NEW DELHI,
INDIA


ASHANTI




An experimental short-film based on original screenplay, written, directed and produced by Priyanka Sarkar under “Laidback Productions”. Visualizing the rebellious nature of the 70s’ in a fantasy-filled manner while focusing on emotions, feelings, thoughts, and experiences.




NAMASTE / SHORT FILM / 2018 / NEW DELHI,
INDIA


NAMASTE




An experimental short-film based on an original screenplay, written, directed, and produced by Priyanka Sarkar under "Laidback Productions." Inspired by the psychedelic sixties and LSD, this film follows the lead character as she negotiates with her good and bad sides before recognizing her actual self.




DAR(ME) / PERFORMANCE-ART / 2022 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

DAR(ME)
PERFORMANCE




Short-film and performance piece produced by Priyanka Sarkar in collaboration with her then partner Pablo Camargo to reflect on their intimacy.




GROTESQUE BURLESQUE / PERFORMANCE-ART / 2022 / HAMBURG, GERMANY

GROTESQUE
BURLESQUE




An obscure, beautifully-grotesque dance performance is a collaboration between Priyanka Sarkar, Helena Aljona Kuehn and Nick Wachs.









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