Manjot Kaur (IN)
Manjot Kaur (b.1989, India) inquires the social, cultural, political and anthropological concerns of population, environment, and existence by employing the tools of absurdity, uncertainty, randomness and abstraction. By navigating between drawing, painting, installation, video, sound and performance she responds to her very direct surroundings and how nature and humans adapt to changing and sometimes hostile environment.
Her narratives and material choice is rooted in temporal, ephemeral, and entropy. She uses repetition, contradiction, paradox, metaphor and symbolism which pertains to the logic of absurd, where absurd is not seen as amusing, foolish or stupid, rather becomes the epistemology of perception and understanding.
She has been an artist in residence at 1. Shanthiroad, Bangalore, India, 2019; Unidee, Citadellarte – Fondazione Pistolleto, Italy on full scholarship by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, New Delhi, India, 2018; Museo Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno (Italy) – a cross-institutional program with Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, India, 2018; Khoj International Artists’ Association – Peers18, New Delhi, India, 2018. She has received State Award from Punjab and Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (State Academies of Art), Chandigarh, India, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2012; Sohan Qadri Fellowship, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (State Academy of Art), Chandigarh, India 2017. She was chosen by Hindustan Times as one of the Top 30 under 30 young achievers in 2017.