A public lecture by Performance Artist/Sculptor Neha Choksi.
Los Angeles and Mumbai-based Neha Choksi makes work in various media, including performance, video, sculpture, photo, sound, and hybrid installations. Often her work explores how we seek, experience and acknowledge absentings and transformations in material, temporal and psychological terms. Increasingly her work includes her own intellectual, cultural and social contexts. She does this by setting up simple situations and memorable interventions, disrupting logic to open a space for poetry, absurdity, humor, surprise and existential insight. Choksis work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries, museums, festivals, film screenings, and are in notable public and private collections. Recent institutional solo exhibitions of her work include exhibitions at the Manchester Art Gallery (2017) and the Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2015). Several new commissions include work for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA) at Occidental College (2017), Dhaka Art Summit (2018), 18th Street Arts Center (2018), and the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach (2019). Her work has been shown at the Office of Contemporary Art Oslo, Spencer Museum, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the Frestas Sorocaba Triennale, Whitechapel Gallery, the Shanghai Biennale, the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery, Kristianstads Konsthall, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, Wanås Foundation, Khoj, and the Khoj Performance Festivals in Delhi, among others. Additionally, her work has been selected twice for the Sculpture Park at the Frieze Art Fair, London, and was included in the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale. She was recently honored with the India Today 2017 Award for the Best New Media Artist of the Year and with the designation of 2017/2018 Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She serves as the 2017-2018 Regional Representative for the Annual CAA Conference Committee. Choksi is on the editorial board of the Los-Angeles based arts journal, X-TRA, and is represented by Project 88, Mumbai.