Jaishri Abichandani | the artist
The artist Jaishri Abichandani
Born 1969, Bombay, India.
Lives and works in New York City, USA.
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Born in Bombay, India, Jaishri Abichandani immigrated to New York City in 1984. She received her Master of Visual Arts Degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has continued to intertwine art and activism in her career, founding the South Asian Womens Creative Collective, (http://www.sawcc.org), in New York and London. She has exhibited her work internationally at various venues including P.S.1/MOMA, the Queens Museum of Art, and Exit Art in New York, the Guangzhou Triennial in China, Nature Morte, & Gallery Chemould in India, and the House of World Cultures in Berlin. Jaishri served as the Founding Director of Public Events and Projects from 2003-6 at the Queens Museum of Art where she co- curated Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now and Queens International 2006 Everything All at Once. Her work is included in various international collections including Momenta Arts Video Library, the Florian Peters Messers Collection (http://www.fpmcollection.com) and the Saatchi Collection.
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Based on research in Tantra (an aspect of Hinduism) Jaishri has created a series of 4 X 4 feet hand painted photographic prints improvising on the archetypal South Asian forms of Chakras, Yantras and Mandalas. Abichandani uses photographs and self portraits to address contemporary socio-political and existential issues. ãMindâs Desireä was exhibit earlier this year in Mumbai at Gallery Chemould, one of Indiaâs leading contemporary art galleries to international acclaim…
The South Asian Womens Creative Collective (SAWCC) has served South Asian women since 1997 and has earned a reputation for showcasing cutting-edge work that deals intelligently with issues of gender and cultural representation. Currently, our programs include monthly meetings presenting the work of South Asian women artists, a writing workshop called Brown Eyed Girls, a studio circle of visual artists, a listserv for South Asian women, and annual exhibitions and festivals open to the public…
Appropriation seems to be the goal of many artists in this Zeitgeist; as the world archive increases so it seems to dwindle in other aspects. Hidden truths, maligned narratives and phobias abound. In allowing access to and mining within this excess of the visual, artists can contribute to a better understanding of our contemporary condition. Battered, withered and enslaved as we remain in our prejudice, Abichandani challenges our perception of lives and realities that seemingly remain across the threshold, as if bounded by their fate to geographical and political hinterlands…