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
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Visual Portfolio- www.kinnarisaraiya.com
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.
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
2019 to the privileged, Outside Giardini, Venice.
2019 to the privileged, British Pavilion, Venice Biennale.
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
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.
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.