Volte Gallery

Sheba Chhachhi

Sheba Chhachhi’s lens based works investigate contemporary questions about gender, the body, the city, cultural memory and eco-philosophy, through intimate, sensorial encounters. Chhachhi began as an activist and photographer, documenting the women’s movement in India. By the 1990s, she moved to creating collaborative staged photographs, eventually turning to large multimedia installations. Her works retrieve marginal worlds: of women, mendicants, forgotten forms of labour. Created through inter-‐subjective processes, the photographs emerge from an invitation to perform the self.
Chhachhi’s work often recuperates premodern iconography, myth and visual traditions to calibrate an inquiry into the contemporary moment. She experiments across the spectrum of durational mediums, and has developed a special language working with animated light boxes. These mobile palimpsests work with a series of translucent and transparent layers where the mythic and the social conjoin to reflect on key concerns of our times.
Chhachhi creates immersive environments, bringing the contemplative into the political, in both site-‐specific public art and independent works. She has exhibited widely in India and internationally including the Gwangju, Taipei, Moscow, Singapore and Havana biennales; her works are held in significant public and private collections including Tate Modern, UK, Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi, BosePacia, New York, Singapore Art Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi and National Gallery of Modern Art, India. She lives and works in New Delhi.
Born in 1958,Harar (Ethiopia), Sheba Chhachhi studied at Delhi University, Chitrabani, Kolkatta and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She was Townsend Fellow at University of Berkley, 2005. In 2011 Chhachhi was awarded the Juror’s Prize for contemporary art in Asia by the Singapore Art Museum.
Chhachhi has published writings, given talks and conducted workshops, research and projects relating to women, conflict, urban ecologies, visual culture and contemporary art practice in both institutional and non- formal contexts
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (2017 – 2007)
2017
Temporal Twist, Part Narratives, Bikaner House, New Delhi
2016
Agua de Luz, Volte Gallery, Mumbai (Solo)
Precariously Yours, National Museum of World Cultures, Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands
Seven Lives & A Dream, Citizen, Tate Modern, London, UK (2016-17)
That Night Bitten Dawn, Devi Art Foundation & Gujral Foundation, New Delhi
Jeevanchakra, Wellcome Collection U.K, British Council and Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Diary Entries, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2015
The Eye and the Mind: New Interventions in Contemporary Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou;
China Art Museum, Shanghai, China, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2015-2016)
Volte Art Projects @The Muse, Mumbai
Forms of Devotion, MOSA, Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi (2015 Catalogue)
2014
Urban Utopia, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
Forms of Activism, SAHMAT, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Locust Time, Permanent Collection/display, Chandigarh Museum of Art, Chandigarh
The Mermaids Mirror, Special Project, India Art Fair, New Delhi
2013
Water, Europalia Festival, Grand Curtis Museum, Liege, Belgium
Everywhere But Now, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
Record/Resist, Zones of Contact, Kiran Nadar Museum, Noida, New Delhi
The Water Diviner, Difficult Loves, Kiran Nadar Museum, Saket, New Delhi
Haeinsa Public Art project, Haeinsa temple, South Korea
Rebirth of Detail, Suparanta, Goa
2012
9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Sub-Topical Heat, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
India LADO A LADO, SESC Belezhino & Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Catalogue)
Earth, Body, Mind, Kathmandu International Art Festival, Nepal
Slipping Through the Cracks, Latitude 28, New Delhi
Chimera, The Collectors show, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2011
Evoking the pause, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (Solo)
Luminarium, Volte Gallery Mumbai (Solo)
Shadow Lines, Biennale Jogja XI, Indonesia (Catalogue)
Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (Catalogue)
Yamuna-‐Elbe, Public Art Project, Hamburg & Delhi (Book)
Staging Selves: Power, Performativity & Portraiture, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Excrescence, The Guild, Mumbai
Samdigt (Concurrence), Kulturhuset, Stockholm & City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Concepts and Ideas, Centre for International Modern Art, Calcutta (Catalogue)
Of Gods & Goddesses, 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
2010
Bhogi/Rogi (Consumption/Disease), Interactive video intervention, Public Art, Khoj Studios & Select City Walk Mall, New Delhi (Solo)
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
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
2009
Against Exclusion, 3rd Moscow Biennale, Russian Federation (Catalogue)
Between Stories, Galleria Paolo Curti /Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co, Milan, Italy (Solo) (Catalogue)
Winged Pilgrims & Other Creatures, Walsh Gallery, Chicago (Solo)
Viewpoints and Viewing points, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (Catalogue)
Lo Real Marvelliso, Lalit Kala Akademi, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (Catalogue)
Ventosul Biennale, Curitiba, Brazil (Catalogue)
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
2008
The Water Diviner, 48 Degrees Celsius, Public Art Project, New Delhi, India, Book (Solo)
Winged Pilgrims: A Chronicle from Asia, Bose Pacia, New York (Solo)
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, Los Angeles
Landscape as dream, Alain Gaillard/Studio le Citta, Paris/Verona
Neti Neti, Bose Pacia, New York
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)
2007
Winged Pilgrims: A Chronicle from Asia, Nature Morte, New Delhi (Solo)
Urban Manners: 15 Contemporary Artists from India, Hangar Biccoca, 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
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (2006 – 1988)
2006
Singapore Biennale,” Belief”, Singapore (Catalogue)
My Space, Your Space, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
Myrrh, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (Catalogue)
Devi Diva 7 veils of Bollywood, Musee des Arts Asiatic, Nice, France (Catalogue)
2005
Indian Summer, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (Catalogue)
Identity, Memory, Amity, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (Catalogue)
Ganga’s Daughters, Neelkanth: poison/nectar, When the gun is raised, dialogue stops…, Townsend Centre, University of California, Berkley, USA
2004
Ganga's Daughters: meetings with women ascetics 1992-‐2004, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (Solo)
Another Passage to India, Musée d’ Ethnographie Geneva, Switzerland
Middleage spread: imaging India from 1947‐2004, National Museum, New Delhi (Book)
Androgyne, India Habitat Centre, Delhi (Book)
Eye‐To‐Eye: 11 women photographers, India Habitat Centre, Delhi
Devotional Breach, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
How Can You Resist? LA Freewaves 9th biennial festival of film, video and new media, Los Angeles, USA
2003
SubTerrain: artworks in the city fold, body. city, House of World Culture, Berlin (Book)
Heat, BosePacia, New York (Catalogue)
2002
Tejaskaya, Light India Festival, Pragati Maidan New Delhi (Solo) (Catalogue)
Life in the time of Cholera, Apeejay New Media Gallery, New Delhi (Book)
Cinema Still, India Habitat Centre, N.Delhi, Catalogue Ways of Resistance, Lalit Kala Akademi, N Delhi
Transfigurations, India Habitat Centre, Delhi (Catalogue)
2000
When the gun is raised, dialogue stops…Women's voices from Kashmir, (Sherab, collaboration Sonia Jabbar), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (Solo)
Seventh Havana Biennale, Cuba (Catalogue)
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (1999 – 1990)
1999
First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan (Catalogue)
Woman/Goddess, British Council New Delhi, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Mumbai, New York (Catalogue)
Buri Nazar Walae, tera Bhi Bhala: public art project, Boxwallahs (with DeEgo), petrol pump, Gurgaon (Solo)
1998
In Black & White: what has independence meant for Indian Women? (Catalogue) Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, New York (Catalogue)
Seven lives and a dream, narratives of women activists, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (Solo)
1997
Mappings, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan (Catalogue)
1996
A Box of Shards/The Mermaid’s Mirror: Memories of Meena Kumari Naaz, Eicher Gallery, Delhi (Solo) (Catalogue)
1994
The Mirror is the Witness, Wild Mothers II, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi (Solo) (Catalogue)
1993
Disrupted Borders, Arnolfini, Bristol; The Photographers Gallery, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; National Museum of Photography, Ottawa; The London Historical Museum, Ontario (Book)
1990
An Economy of Signs, The Photographers Gallery, London. UK (Book)
1988
Four Women Photographers, Spectrum Photography Festival, Horizon Gallery, London, UK
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