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|Born||1969 (age 48–49)|
Jaishri Abichandani (born 1969) is a Brooklyn-based artist. Her interdisciplinary practice focuses on the intersections between art, feminism, and social practice. Abichandani’s practice "straddles creating objects, actions, writing, curating exhibitions, and collective production- including founding and directing the South Asian Women's Creative Collective from 1997 to 2013, with chapters in New York City and London."
Early life and education
Her interdisciplinary practice focuses on the intersections between art, feminism, and social practice. Abichandani’s practice "straddles creating objects, actions, writing, curating exhibitions, and collective production- including founding and directing the South Asian Women's Creative Collective from 1997 - 2013, with chapters in New York City and London."
Abichandani has said:
“Employing materials such as leather whips, clay, nails, paint, utensils and jewels, I make works across scale and mediums. Returning to the female body as the site of conflict and power, I am informed by feminist art history. Positions of power and themes of nationhood are critiqued, complexities and ambiguities are left unresolved while the formal approach prioritizes crafty and conceptual feminist treatments. Often referencing aesthetic theory and tropes from South Asia, I centralize female desire and agency within my work.”
“With her language of intimate gestures, improbable bodily contortions and tactile expression” Deborah Frizzell writes, “the artist centralizes the female perspective in manipulations of clay, refusing a disembodied history. By helping new meanings emerge from inchoate possibilities, Abichandani allows us all to become midwives of the imagination.”
- Reconciliations, Queens Museum of Art, New York City (2007); Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India (2008)
- Dirty Jewels, Rossi and Rossi, London (2010)
- Emergency Room, P.S.1/ MOMA. New York City
- Rossi and Rossi, London, 2010
- Enfoco/ In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C. (2012)
- The Name, The Nose, Museo Laboratorio, Citta Sant’Angelo, Italy (2014)
- A Bomb With Ribbon Around It, Queens Museum, New York City (2014)
- Enfoco New Works Award, New York City (2001)
- Urban Artists Award, New York City (2006)
- Brooklyn Arts Council BRIC Artist's Honoree, New York City (2009)
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
Abidichandani founded the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective in New York City in 1997 and London in 2004, and served on the Board of Directors until 2013.
"In 1997, Jaishri Abichandani founded the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) to foster a sense of community among South Asian women artists and creative professionals in New York City. 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. In March 1998, the collective held its first annual fundraiser and art show, “Karma Kollage,” which drew a crowd of over 300. Soon, SAWCC, the only New York City–based South Asian arts organization at the time, began meeting monthly at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, providing a space for members to collaborate, network, share their work, and gain exposure.
"The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective was founded by the artist Jaishri Abichandani in New York City in 1997, when identity politics was in the air, but artists from much of the Asian diaspora were still being given the cold shoulder by the art world here. By providing strength-in-numbers support and access to resources, the collective helped move a generation of artists ahead."
- Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now, Queens Museum of Art. New York City (2005)
- Queens International 2006, Queens Museum of Art. New York City (2006)
- 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, USA (2008)
- 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 and Rossi, London (2011)
- Stargazing, Rossi and Rossi, London (2012)
- "Sheherzades's Gift" Local Project, Queens, USA (2015)
- "Lower Manhattan Cultural Council".
- "BRIC Contemporary Art".
- Frizzell, Deborah (2014). "Feeling the Doublebind". Depart Magazine.
- "New York University - Asian/Pacific American Archives Survey Project".
- Cotter, Holland (16 August 2012). "'Her Stories' 'Fifteen Years of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective'". New York Times.
- "Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now". Queens Museum. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- "Rossi and Rossi".
- "Sheherzade's Gift". Local Project.