Vivan Sundaram

Interwoven rocks and wires

Vivan Sundaram was born in Shimla in 1943, and is based in Delhi, India. He studied painting at M.S. University, Baroda, and The Slade School of Fine Art, London. He is an active artistic and political voice in India, and his art practice incorporates sculpture, installation, photography, and video. He has developed platforms for robust political dialogue and collaborative spaces for artists and intellectuals in India, including his work with the Kasauli Art Centre and with Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (Sahmat), of which he is a founding member and trustee. He has exhibited in the Biennials of Kochi (2012), Sydney (2008), Seville (2006), Taipei (2006), Sharjah (2005), Shanghai (2004), Havana (1997), Johannesburg (1997), and Kwangju (1997). His work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London; International Centre for Photography, New York; Queens Museum, New York; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, Vienna; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; and Haus der Kulturen Welt, Berlin. He has had solo shows across India, and in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Toronto, Montreal, and Copenhagen. He also edited and annotated Amrita Sher-Gil: A Self-Portrait in Letters and Writings, published by Tulika Books, Delhi.

Artwork: Vivan Sundaram, Tablet, II (from the series terraoptics), 2016. Pigment Print. Courtesy: Vivan Sundaram and PHOTOINK.