Sneha Joshi is a multidisciplinary artist and curator who challenges perceptions around sociocultural norms and identity through her work. She engages with everyday themes such as technology, language, food, nature and so on in the Indian and global context to initiate cultural conversations. Investigating the creation of social inclusion and exclusion is at the core of her practice. In this way, sharing and creating new knowledge through conversations as a process of exchange is an important aspect of her work. Her work is highly research based and often dialogic, taking the form of participatory, interactive art projects or workshops and publications.
She completed her M.A. in Curatorial Practices from Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology (awaiting results) and her 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 she was awarded an Artist Exchange and Residency Programme at The Academy of Applied Arts and The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Rijeka, Croatia. She was also part of the Social Arts Research Residency at Peckham Platform, London. Her work was exhibited at Tate Exchange Studio Complex, Tate Modern, London. In Bangalore, she has engaged in public art projects with ArtInTransit and the Srishti Institute, for Social Research and Arts Project - Visualising Change, in partnership with BBMP.
Recently she was awarded an art grant by Goethe Institut Bangalore for the Gender Bender Festival (2019). She was also an Artist-in-Residence at Pollinator Studio's virtual art residency, Virtual Nursery (2021-21). Her work was also exhibited at the Students' Biennale 4th Edition, parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2020-21.
She currently lives and works in Bangalore, India.
Recent Works / Exhibitions
Exhibition - Now that the world is ending, let's get together, The Wrong Biennale
Exhibition - arebyte Plug-in - The Wrong Biennale 2021/22
Grantee - States of Disarray: Practice as Restitution, Farmers Khata, Students' Biennale 4th Edition, Bhoomi Hunnime project.
Artist-in-Residence – Fissure online exhibition for Virtual Nursery (Virtual Art Residency) by Pollinator Studio. The Missing Link project.
(October 2020 to January 2021)
Grantee – Gender Bender Festival (2019). Kahi-Suni.
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
2013: The Be A Smile Project, Autism Awareness project, Bangalore, ongoing
2013: Fly A Wish, Participatory public art project, Bangalore, ongoing
Exhibitions, Grants and Residencies
2021-22: Now that the world is ending, let's get together, group exhibition, The Wrong Biennale x 1Shantiroad, online at thewrong.tv and in site at 1Shantiroad, Bangalore
2021: arebyte Plug-in - The Wrong Biennale 2021/22, online group exhibition, arebyte Gallery, London
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: Fissure, online group exhibition, Virtual Nursery Residency, Pollinator Studio
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: The Neighbourhood Art Festival, Kitch Mandi, 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