Deepak Unnikrishnan

Creator - artistic director
United Arab Emirates

Portrait Deepak Unnikrishnan

Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi. His book Temporary People, a work of fiction about Gulf narratives steeped in Malayalee and South Asian lingo, won the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, the Hindu Prize and the Moore Prize.
At the 57th Venice Biennale, Deepak’s fiction was featured in the written publication of the National Pavilion of the UAE. His work can also be found in Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture, a book project commissioned by the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and is forthcoming in the written publication of the UAE National Pavilion at the 2023 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
His voice and work can also be heard on musician Sarathy Korwar’s album More Arriving.
His essays and fiction have appeared in many different international medias, and he frequently collaborates with artists and scholars across disciplines.  Deepak Unnikrishnan currently teaches at NYU Abu Dhabi.

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