Pushpamala N, born Bangalore, India.
Education: Bangalore University 1976-77 under noted sculptor Balan Nambiar.
Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Vadodara.
Bachelors and Masters, 1985.
Select work: Paris Autumn, video and photo installation, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2006.
Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA, 2006.
Nature Morte, New Delhi, India, 2006.
Pushpamala N, photo-performance work, Nature Morte and Bose Pacia, Milan, Italy 2010.
Paris Autumn, video and photo installation, Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France 2010.
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2010.
Where Three Dreams Cross, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 2010.
Select Group shows: Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2009.
Essl Museum, Vienna Austria, 2009.
Mori Museum Tokyo, Japan, 2009.
The Self and the Other: Portraiture in Contemporary Indian Photography, La Virreina Centre de la Image, Barcelona and Artium, Vitoria, Spain, 2009.
Modern India: Art and Culture in the Indian Sub-Continent 1857- 2007, Institut Valencia dModern, Spain, 2008.
Recipient of honors including: National Award
Gold Medal, 1984 Sixth New Delhi Triennale 1986
Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship for residency at St. Martin`s School of Art, London 1992-93
Senior Fellowship, Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development 1995-97.
She has taught and lectured widely on the arts and is especially known for incorporating popular culture into her work, adopting various popular personas and iconic roles as a vehicle for examining issues of gender, place and history. The comic aspect of her work carries a particularly sharp edge in her photo-based installations and projections, exposing cultural and gender stereotyping while exploring the complex terrain of contemporary urban life in India. Pushpamala lives and works between Bangalore and Mumbai, India.
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