Jaishri Abichandani

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Jaishri Abichandani
Jaishri Abichandani
Born1969 (age 50–51)
EducationQueens College
Goldsmiths College

Jaishri Abichandani (born 1969) is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. Her interdisciplinary practice focuses on the intersection of art, feminism, and social practice.[1] Abichandani was the founder of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective, with chapters in New York City and London, and director from 1997 until 2013.[2] She was also the Founding Director of Public Events and Projects from at the Queens Museum from 2003-2006.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Abichandani was born in Mumbai, India, and was raised in Queens. Abichandani immigrated from Mumbai to Queens in 1984, when she was thirteen.[4] She received a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY, an M.A. in Visual Arts from Goldsmiths College, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts from Goldsmiths College. She works in Brooklyn, New York.[5]


Abichandani's interdisciplinary practice includes creating objects, actions, writing, curating exhibitions, and collective production.[6] Her multi-media sculptural works employ materials ranging from leather whips to jewels and often focuses on the female body and desire.[7] Her work responds to feminist art history and involved nationhood critique, while referencing aesthetic theory from South Asia.[8]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Reconciliations, Queens Museum of Art, New York City (2007);[9] Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India (2008)
  • Dirty Jewels, Rossi & Rossi, London (2010)

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • Emergency Room, P.S.1/ MOMA. New York City[10]
  • Rossi and Rossi, London, 2010
  • Enfoco/ In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C. (2012)[11]
  • The Name, The Nose, Museo Laboratorio, Citta Sant’Angelo, Italy (2014)
  • A Bomb With Ribbon Around It, Queens Museum, New York City (2014)[12]
  • Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora, Asia Society, New York City (2017)[13]
  • Then and Now: Commemorating Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary, Philadelphia (2018)[14]


  • Enfoco New Works Award, New York City (2001)[11]
  • Urban Artists Award, New York City (2006)
  • Brooklyn Arts Council BRIC Artist's Honoree, New York City (2009)
  • LMCC Process Space Residency (2015)[15]

South Asian Women’s Creative Collective[edit]

Abidichandani founded the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) in New York City in 1997 and London in 2004, and served on the Board of Directors until 2013.[16] SAWCC is a nonprofit arts organization focused on the advancement of, and creating a sense of community between, emerging and established South Asian women artists and creative professionals.[17] Fourteen women, who were invited through community-based organizations such as Sakhi for South Asian Women and the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA), attended SAWCC’s first meeting in the offices of the Sister Fund and then began meeting monthly at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, providing a venue to exchange ideas and feedback on their creative work and network with other South Asian women artists.[18]

Curatorial projects[edit]

  • Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now, Queens Museum of Art, New York City (2005)[19]
  • Queens International 2006, Queens Museum of Art, New York City (2006)[20]
  • Sultana's Dream, Exit Art, New York City (2007)
  • Fire Walkers (Curatorial Consultant) Stux Gallery, New York City (2008)
  • Exploding the Lotus, Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood. Hollywood, Florida (2008)[21]
  • Transitional Aesthetics, Beijing 798 Biennial, Beijing (2009)
  • Artists in Exile, Arario Gallery, New York City (2009)
  • Anomalies, Rossi & Rossi, London (2009)
  • Shapeshifters and Aliens, Rossi & Rossi, London (2011)
  • Stargazing, Rossi & Rossi, London (2012)[22]
  • Her Stories, Queens Museum of Art, New York City (2012)[2]
  • Sheherzades's Gift: Subversive Narratives, Center for Book Arts, New York City (2016)[23][24]
  • Loving Blackness, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA (2017)[25]
  • Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora, Asia Society, New York City (2017)[26]
  • Utopian Imagination Trilogy (Perilous Bodies, Radical Love, Utopian Imagination), Ford Foundation Gallery, New York City (2019)[27] [28][29]

External links[edit]

Official Website

Jaishri Abichandani on Hyperallergic

Jaishri Abichandani on Artsy


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  3. ^ "Queens Museum". Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Ocula.com".
  5. ^ "BRIC Contemporary Art". Archived from the original on 17 April 2016.
  6. ^ Frizzell, Deborah (2014). "Feeling the Doublebind". Depart Magazine.
  7. ^ "Perspectives on Female Identity, Inspired by Nancy Spero". Hyperallergic. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ Vikram, Anuradha. "The Radicality of Women". Art Practical. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  9. ^ http://www.queensmuseum.org/2015/11/jaishri-abichandani-reconciliations
  10. ^ "jaishriabichandani.net".
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  14. ^ "Upcoming Events -- Then and Now: Commemorating Asian Arts Initiative's 25th Anniversary — Asian Arts Initiative". Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Alumni". LMCC. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  16. ^ Abichandani, Jaishri (22 June 2017). "Artist Spotlight". Feminist Dissent (2): 214–216. doi:10.31273/fd.n2.2017.176. ISSN 2398-4139.
  17. ^ "New York University - Asian/Pacific American Archives Survey Project".
  18. ^ "History – South Asian Women's Creative Collective". Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now". Queens Museum. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  20. ^ http://www.queensmuseum.org/2015/11/queens-international-2006-everything-all-at-once
  21. ^ http://artandculturecenter.org/exploding-the-lotus
  22. ^ "Rossi and Rossi". Archived from the original on 17 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Sheherzade's Gift". Local Project.
  24. ^ "Telling Tales – Sheherzade's Gift at Twelve Gates Arts". Artblog. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
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  27. ^ Da, Mengna (5 June 2019). "Perilous Bodies". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
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