Sumakshi Singh

VAP's Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
Monday, October 08, 6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL


Sumakshi Singh’s (MFA 2003) work traverses lines between metaphor, reality, and illusion. Her practice ranges from plays on space-time theories to cultural, historic, and physical critiques of place manifested in performance, installation, painting, and animation. Disconcerting phenomenological encounters question permanence and transience, object and image, mapping and displacement, perception and knowledge, while critiquing notions of “fixed” universes and exposing the fragile set of “truths” upon which meaning is constructed. Singh’s extensive practice varies from appropriating subtle microcosmic activity to mapping perceptual objects in spaces and interacting with them as if they were real.

Singh’s interactive installations, paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been presented worldwide in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, India, China, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Recent venues include the Marvellous Cacophony 57th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia; Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art and Studies, HaZore'a, Israel; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Artist residencies include MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Fondazione Pistoletto, Camargo Foundation, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Centre d’art Marnay art centre, and Sculpture Space.

Image by Sunder Ramu