Artist Talk: Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy

In this presentation complementing the exhibition Scraping the Sky: Photographs by Vicky Roy, Asia Society Texas Center welcomes artist Vicky Roy, who will discuss his works on view. The exhibition features images from two of Roy's series: WTC-2009 and This Scarred Land: New Mountainscapes. As part of a rising generation of young Indian photographers, Vicky Roy presents fresh viewpoints on a diverse range of content. High-altitude construction, whether in the New York skyline or in the Indian Himalayan mountain range, has been just one of his areas of focus. Roy (b. 1987, Purulia, West Bengal, India) is based in New Delhi and travels widely to complete his projects, a practice that involves extensive preliminary research and multiple site visits in order to fully engage with his subject matter.

The exhibition runs through October 20, 2019, and is open to the public Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Sunday, September 15, 2019
1:15 p.m. Reception
2 p.m. Artist Talk

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About the Artist

Originally from West Bengal, India, Vicky Roy ran away as a child from his home and started working as a rag picker at the New Delhi Railway Station. After participating in skills-building programs for children living on the streets run by the Salaam Baalak Trust in Delhi, he studied photography at Triveni Kala Sangam and then apprenticed under Anay Mann. In 2007, he held his first solo exhibition titled Street Dream at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi, which was supported by the British High Commission.

Vicky Roy’s first monograph Home Street Home published by the Nazar Foundation (New Delhi, India) was released at the second edition of the Delhi Photo Festival (2013). His solo show This Scarred Land: New Mountainscapes was exhibited at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India in 2017. He was a part of Houston FotoFest Biennial and Kochi Muziris Biennale, both in 2018. Roy was awarded the MIT Media Fellowship in 2014, and was included on the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list in 2016.

This exhibition is organized by Asia Society Texas Center. Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Nancy C. Allen and Leslie and Brad Bucher. Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., the Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, and Ann Wales. Additional support comes from United Airlines and The Southmore. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.

Presenting Sponsors

Nancy C. Allen
Leslie and Brad Bucher

Program Sponsors


Additional Support

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Event Details

Sun 15 Sep 2019
1:15 - 3:30 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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