Volte Gallery

Sheba Chhachhi

A long time chronicler of the women's movement in India, as both photographer and activist, Sheba Chhachhi, moved from documentary practice in the early 90's to developing collaborative, staged photographic portraits with her subjects.
A practice that draws on both- the vernacular studio tradition and documentary - her photographic work is predicated on building a relationship with her subjects, the photographs emerging from an invitation to perform the self.
Both photographer and installation artist, the desire to reinvest the viewing of photographs with time underwrites her use of the photographic image within installation works. Brought together in space with found or 'sculpted' objects, sound, light, video, the installations address ongoing concerns –the question of transformation, retrieving the marginal and the play between the mythic and social in the context of gender, body, representation, urban ecologies, violence and visual culture.
Most recently, she has been preoccupied with the interregnum offered by the mechanically moved still image and has developed a new artistic language, the moving image light box, which use a series of still and moving layers of photographic images to almost cinematic effect.
Public art interventions are an important arena for Chhachhi and she has created several onsite works in the city of Delhi over the last few years.
Sheba Chhachhi was born in 1958 in Harar (Ethiopia), studied at Delhi University, Chitrabani, Kolkatta and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has exhibited widely in India, Europe, Japan, South America and the U.S.A since 1993. She has published writings, given talks and conducted workshops, research and projects relating to women, conflict, urban ecologies, visual culture and contemporary art practice in India and South Asia. She lives and works in Delhi.
Selected Solo Exhibitions (2000 – 2010)
'Evoking the Pause' at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
Bhogi/Rogi(Consumption/Disease), Interactive video intervention, Public Art, Khoj Studios & Select City Walk Mall, New Delhi, India
Between Stories, Galleria Paolo Curti /Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co, Milan, Italy
Winged Pilgrims & Other Creatures, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
The Water Diviner, 48 Degrees Celsius, Public Art Project, New Delhi, India
Winged Pilgrims: A Chronicle from Asia, Bose Pacia, New York, USA
Winged Pilgrims: A Chronicle from Asia, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
Ganga's Daughters: meetings with women ascetics 1992-2004, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
Tejaskaya, Light India Festival, Pragati Maidan New Delhi Catalogue
When the gun is raised, dialogue stops…Women's voices from Kashmir, (Sherab, collaboration Sonia Jabbar), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
Selected Group Exhibitions (2007 – 2012)
‘Your Name is Different There’ Group Show, Curated by Nancy Adajania, Volte Gallery, Mumbai
Samdigt(Concurrence), Kulturhuset, Stockholm & City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Concepts and Ideas, Centre for International Modern Art, Calcutta
Of Gods & Godesses, Cinema, Cricket: New cultural Icons of India, Jehangir Art Gallery, RPG Academy of Art and Music, Mumbai
Against All Odds, archiving the contemporary, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
Finding India, Museum of Contemporary Art , MOCA, Taipei.
Salon Precaire- Delhi, Forumandermusik, Switzerland
Respiro, Art for the World with Fondazione Zoé, Vicenza, Italy
Waterways, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
Urban Manners 2, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Catalogue
Where Three Dreams Cross - 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK & FotoMuseum Winterthur, Switzerland Catalogue
Punctum I, The Body in South Asian Photography, Lakeeren, Mumbai, India
Against Exclusion, 3rd Moscow Biennale, Russian Federation, Catalogue
Viewpoints and Viewing points, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei Catalogue
Lo Real Marvelliso, Lalit Kala Akademi, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
Ventosul Biennale, Curitiba, Brazil
Republic of Illusion, Gallery Krizinger & Nature Morte, Vienna, Austria
The Self and the Other, Indian Photography, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Institut de Cultura, Barcelona & Artium, Vitoria, Spain. Catalogue
Beyond Globalization, Beyond Art Gallery & Gallery Christian Hosp, Beijing. Catalogue
Dreaming in Public, Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok, Thailand. Catalogue
Narratives from the 21st C, between memory and History, Casa Asia, Madrid & Barcelona
'Where in the world', Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India Catalogue
The Audience & The Eavesdropper, Phillips de Pury & Nature Morte, London/New York Catalogue
The Nature of the city, Arts 1, Religare, New Delhi, Catalogue
Still Moving Image, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India, Catalogue
Contradictions & Complexities, d.e.n. Contemporary, L.A.USA
Landscape as dream, Alain Gaillard/Studio Citta, Paris/Verona
Neti Neti, Bose Pacia, New York, USA
India Time, Galleria Paolo Curti & Anamaria Gambuzzi, Milan, Catalogue
Clik! Contemporary Photography from India, Vadera Gallery, Delhi/London, Catalogue
The Audience & The Eavesdropper, Phillips de Pury & Nature Morte, London/New York, Catalogue
Still Moving Image, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India, Catalogue
Urban Manners: 15 Contemporary Artists from India, Art for the World Europa, Milan, Italy, Catalogue
Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves, Museum of Contemporary Art, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. Catalogue
Tiger by the Tail, Women Artists from India, Brandeis University, Rutgers University, USA, Catalogue
Four Voices, Gallery Carla Sozzani & Nature Morte, Milan, Italy
Mulher mulheres, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Catalogue
New Narratives, Contemporary Art from India, Chicago Arts Centre, Chicago USA, The Other Side of Terror [Nivedita Majumdar (ed.) anthology]
India Sulla Pele, Homage to Indian Women Photographers, Milan, Italy
Photo and Media Art from India, Vienna, Austria