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M.A. Curatorial Practices
Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
B.A. Fine Art (XD Pathway)
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.
I am an artist, educator, event organiser, facilitator and curator. My practice is diverse and multidisciplinary. I love engaging in conversations, exchanging ideas, sharing stories and perspectives, stumbling upon shared knowledge and creating new knowledges together. Over time I have developed a research based practice that is grounded in working with and learning from people.
My work is largely socially responsive - I respond to what is happening in the world through my art based research projects - and I involve others in the process of thinking together as well as making/creating together.
I work collaboratively most of the time, through research projects in the form of workshops, discussions and publications. These projects are exhibited as interactive and engaging installations for audiences to experience and further contribute towards. In this way, the research is continuously expanding and ongoing.
I also draw, paint, make collages and overall experiment with ideas visually. I have also created digital art projects in the form of a website (venturing into Net Art) and curating an experimental digital art residency on Instagram (The Mobile Arts Residency), all during lockdown.
My work is an attempt at looking at the familiar from new perspectives, which results in uncovering the unfamiliar within the familiar. This paradox or dichotomy is exciting for me to explore and discover. I work with themes such as gender, feminism, technology, food, history, future world building to name a few. Through these lenses I am especially interested in understanding social inclusion and exclusion, as well as addressing socio-cultural norms. Tackling such everyday themes also allows me to initiate cultural conversations through my work, which is positioned within the Indian context but draws from and applies to global conditions and understandings.
I completed my M.A. in Curatorial Practices from Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology (awaiting results) and my B.A. Fine Art (XD Pathway) from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. While at university in London I was awarded an Artist Exchange and Residency Programme at The Academy of Applied Arts and The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Rijeka, Croatia. I was also part of the Social Arts Research Residency at Peckham Platform, London. My work was exhibited at Tate Exchange Studio Complex, Tate Modern, London. In Bangalore, I have engaged in public art projects with ArtInTransit and the Srishti Institute, for Social Research and Arts Project - Visualising Change, in partnership with BBMP.
Recently I was awarded an art grant by Goethe Institut Bangalore for the Gender Bender Festival (2019). I was also an Artist-in-Residence at Pollinator Studio's virtual art residency, Virtual Nursery (2021-21). My work was also exhibited at the Students' Biennale 4th Edition, parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2020-21.
I currently live and work in Bangalore, India.
(October 2020 to January 2021)
Curation and Publications
2021: Seeds of Care, A series of online art workshops and publication
2020: We Are Here, Art Workshop for students of Colours Centre for Learning, Bangalore, and publication
2020: The Mobile Arts Residency, Curated online on Instagram
2020: #Dictionary (Disability India), Datalands, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, archive and publication
2020: I am the One I Have Been Waiting For, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, group exhibition and publication
2019: Eye Contact; An insight into Autism, Rangoli Metro Art Centre, Bangalore, group exhibition, series of talks and performance
Exhibitions, Grants and Residencies
2020: Bhoomi Hunnime, Students' Biennale 4th Edition, group exhibition, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2020-21, Kochi Biennale Foundation
2020: Datalands - Creative Engagements with Archives, group exhibition, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore
2020: Artist-in-Residence, The Missing Link Project, Virtual Nursery, Virtual Art Residency, Pollinator Studio
2019: Visualising Change, Social Research and Arts Project, Interlude 2019, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore
2019: Playful Cities, ArtInTransit - Public Art Project, Chickpet Metro Station, Bangalore
2019: Kahi-Suni, Gender Bender Festival, Bangalore
2018: An Abstract Language in Development, Tate Exchange Studio Complex, Tate Modern, London
2017: Antidote, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
2016: Social Arts Research Residency, Peckham Platform, London
2016: Platform Press House: Street-Wise, Peckham Platform, London
2016: swimmers/secret keepers, Arts Lav, London
2016: Artist Exchange and Residency Programme at The Academy of Applied Arts and The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Rijeka, Croatia
2016: RiAssemble, The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
2015: City, Studio or Similar - Public Art Project, Kings Cross Station, London
2014: Central Saint Martins Foundation Show 2014, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
2013: Fly A Wish, Participatory public art project, Bangalore
2013: The Neighbourhood Art Festival, Kitch Mandi, Bangalore
2013: The Be A Smile Project, Autism Awareness project, Bangalore
2021: Curating On the Web, Hosted by Walkin Studios, Marialaura Ghidini and Gaia Tedone, Online Workshop
2021: Thinking with (Art) Archives - An Online Session with Asia Art Archive in India
2020: British Council Festival Connections: Thinking Access, Online Workshop
2020: Nurturing Curiosity through Investigation, ArtSpeaks Session, ArtSparks Foundation Bangalore, Online Workshop
2020: Archives with Ali Akbar Mehta, hosted by Marialaura Ghidini
2020: Experiments with the moving image - A Masterclass by Shai Heredia, Hosted by Sandeep Ashwath
2020: Don't Wait for the Archive: A tale of the Archive in Bombay, Beirut, Cairo and Kabul - A Masterclass by Ashok Sukumaran (CAMP), Hosted by Aastha Chauhan
2019: Playful Cities: Public Art Projects, ArtInTransit, hosted by Arzu Mistry
2019: The Clown the Joker and the Sutradar, Theatre Workshop with Mamta Sagar, Astha Chauhan and Arzu Mistry