Approved: 02.03.2021

Kinnari Saraiya

Artist, Curator, Researcher

Approved: 02.03.2021

Born in Bombay, India, my work addresses contemporary discourses of the imperial past from a post-colonial standpoint. My grandfather has seen the final days of the British Raj to the early days of Indian independence and the post-colonial effects of it today. My art practice, inspired by the stories engrained in my being, narrates the silences in history. I explore the absence of presence through sculpture, mixed media drawings and digital gif animations. I give voice to the architectural landscape that is regarded as a silent witness of the British Raj and transform it through contemporary techniques like laser-cutting and moulding. Further decolonising materiality in contemporary art, I hero chilli powder in my work to reflect domesticity and a sense of home through a spice that is vibrantly red and hot, symbolising violence. These, coming together as a cautionary tale, contemplates the duality of creation and destruction, past and present. While the voice is faded and neglected in their existence in the landscape, my responses allow space for reflection and speculation.

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  • Location: London

Artist Statement

Born in Bombay, India, my work addresses contemporary discourses of the imperial past from a post-colonial standpoint. My grandfather has seen the final days of the British Raj to the early days of Indian independence and the post-colonial effects of it today. My art practice, inspired by the stories engrained in my being, narrates the silences in history. I explore the absence of presence through sculpture, mixed media drawings and digital gif animations. I give voice to the architectural landscape that is regarded as a silent witness of the British Raj and transform it through contemporary techniques like laser-cutting and moulding. Further decolonising materiality in contemporary art, I hero chilli powder in my work to reflect domesticity and a sense of home through a spice that is vibrantly red and hot, symbolising violence. These, coming together as a cautionary tale, contemplates the duality of creation and destruction, past and present. While the voice is faded and neglected in their existence in the landscape, my responses allow space for reflection and speculation.

She received her BFA with honours from Arts University Bournemouth in 2020, where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for excellence in creativity for her recent project ‘Victoria Terminus’. The same project won the runners up prize at An Indian Festival 2020 and was shortlisted for the New Emergence Art: Unity Award in 2020.

CV & Education

Kinnari Saraiya

 

[email protected] . Instagram- kinnarisaraiya

Visual Portfolio- www.kinnarisaraiya.com

 

Education

 

2017-2020                   Arts University Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Fine Art / First Class Distinction

2016-2017                   City College of San Francisco, BA Fine Art

2014-2016                   L. S Raheja School of Art, Fine Art Diploma

 

Awards And Residencies

 

Upcoming 2021           VYKSA Residency, Vyksa, Russia.

Upcoming 2021           Adapt, Change & Cope, Virtual Residency, Wendy Network & MACHFELD                                       Foundation, Vienna, Austria.

2021                            North Louisiana Virtual Residency 2021, Louisiana, United States.

2021                            Emerging Artist Residency, Orbit Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

2020 – 2021                PRAXIS Residency, Axis and Social Art Library, United Kingdom.

2020 - 2021                SPUR: Virtual 6 months residency; CORE artist, Chaos Magic Space.

2020                            Curators of Colour Sponsorship Award, Ziegler Collection.

2020                            Shortlisted for New Emergence Art: Unity Award.  

2020                            Awarded the Dean’s Prize for innovative use of materials, Arts University                                          Bournemouth.

2020                            AIS Open Runners Up Award, An Indian Summer Festival.

2019                            Residency and Fellowship, British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, British                                        Council.

2017                            The Great Indian Scholarship supported by the British Council for                                                      excellence in Arts, United Kingdom.

2016                            Dean’s List Distinction Award in Fine Art, City College of San Francisco.

 

Mentorships

 

2020                            Mentored by Sonia E Barrett, Sculpture/Performance artist and MacDowell                                      fellow 2014

2020                            Mentored by Helen Starr, founder of The Mechatronics Library and Curator                                      that has worked with award-winning public institutions like South London                                          Gallery, FACT Liverpool etc.

2020                            Mentored by Tina Ziegler, Founder of The Ziegler Academy and Director of                                      Moniker Art Fair

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019                            to the privileged, Outside Giardini, Venice.

2019                            to the privileged, British Pavilion, Venice Biennale.

 

Group Exhibitions

 

Upcoming 2021           I Matter, Babylon Gallery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

Upcoming 2021           SPUR Exhibition, Chaos Magic Space and D-Unit, United Kingdom.

2021                            Supporting commission for Helen Starr, Jack Tan and Himali Singh Soin, FACT                                       Liverpool.

2021                            36th Annual Open Exhibition Online, Southwark Park Galleries, London.

2020                            Model Village, Swiss Church Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom.

2020                            Interesting Times in Venice, London Metropolitan University Gallery,                                                  London, United Kingdom.

                                    Commissioned by the British Council, response to the research fellowship                                         undertaken at the Venice Biennale 2019.

2020                            Heat, Vacant Museum, United Kingdom.

2020                            Drawing the Soul Towards Truth: Hindu & Muslim Sacred Geometry, Doug                                     Adams Gallery, California, United States.  

2020                            Now That We Are Free?, AIS Open 2020, United Kingdom.

2020                            Graduate Show, Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom. 

2019                            The Mank, Abandoned House in Sandbanks, United Kingdom. 

2019                            Enshrine, Fringe Arts Festival, Bath, United Kingdom

2019                            Arte’ Factum, Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth,                                                United Kingdom

2019                            Broken Skin, BUMF Gallery, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

2018                            Shadows of the Archive, Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom

2017                            42nd Annual Fort Mason Holiday Exhibition, Fort Mason Centre for Arts &                                        Culture, San Francisco, United States

2017                            Marching Home, Art Seed Organisation, San Francisco, United States

2016                            Kala Yatri Annual Exhibition, L. S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, India

2015                            Kala Yatri Annual Exhibition, L. S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, India

 

Publications & Talks

 

2021                            Working Artist, February Issue, Victoria Terminus

2021                            Haus-a-Rest, Activism Issue 10, Victoria Terminus

2020                            The Young Critics Podcast, graduates discussing the art world.

2020                            Panel Discussion with Helen Starr, Salma Noor and Nayu Kim: DAAD                                              Futurism on SPUR Platform, Online.

2020                            House Letters Zine, Issue 2, Victoria Terminus

2020                            Art Hole, Issue 2, Victoria Terminus

2020                            BUMF Media, Issue 14, Review of Coexist pg. 64-65

2020                            BUMF Media, Issue 10, Review of Reflective Mausoleum, pg. 18-19

 

Workshops

 

2020                            CREATE! Developing your creative idea, hosted by B-side and Activate                                             Performing Arts, United Kingdom.

2020                            Curating 101, hosted by Ziegler Academy, United Kingdom. 

 

Selected Experience

 

2020                            Director, Bridport Arts Centre

                                    Represent a voice of young people, linking to the youth sector, as well as                                        contribute to Bridport Arts Centre’s youth participation strategy.

2020                            Contemporary Questions Colonial, Founder

                        Contemporary Questions Colonial is an exhibition platform exploring the                                           contemporary reclamation of colonial imagery that exists to conceal rather                                       than illuminate through exhibitions podcasts, guest talks, blogs and publications.

2020                 Core Member of Spur Residency, United kingdom

                          A digital collective residency that, through online workshops, peer to peer learning                            and exchange, will result in an exhibition on a virtual platform.

 

2019                            Stewarding and research Residency, British council, Venice                                        Biennale, Venice

Invigilate the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and take an active role in engaging public and professional visitors with the exhibition including leading tours. Undertook a piece of site-specific or archival research responding to the issues around passport privilege of the exhibiting countries that is to be exhibited in London in October 2020.

2018- 2019                  Gallery Internship, Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Actively engaged visitors in the work of the organisation. Delivered Exhibition tours. Carried out the packaging process from ordering the needed materials to handling the artworks. Assist in the curation and cataloguing of the next upcoming show.