Shukla Sawant


Shukla Sawant




Visual Studies


School of Arts and Aesthetics

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Ph.D., School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2015
M.A., Fine Arts, Slade School of Art and Center for Theoretical Studies, University College London, U.K, 1997
M.F.A., College of Art, New Delhi. ,1989
B.F.A, College of Art, New Delhi.,1984
Studied Lithography at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (Guest student).1984-86
Languages Studied
Certificate in French, Alliance Française de Delhi, New Delhi., 1984.
Certificate in Japanese, Japanese Culture and Information Centre, New Delhi., 1989

Areas of Interest/Specialization :

Modernism and Contemporary Art with a focus on South Asia; Art in Colonial India; Print Cultures and Photography; New Media Practices; Artists’ Collectives and Organizations; Postcolonial criticism and Historiography.


Professor, Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, April 2015 onwards.
Associate Professor, Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, December 2001 - April, 2015
Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts & Art Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 1989-2001
Guest Faculty for Art Appreciation Course, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2011-2015
Guest Faculty for School for International Training, India : National Identity and Arts and Himalayan Buddhist Art & Architecture, 2006-2015
Guest Faculty, University of Heidelberg Clusters of Excellence, Guest Lectures for the project “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, 2010.

Awards & Honours:

1995-97 Commonwealth Scholarship awarded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
1988 All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society Diamond Jubilee Award
1989  Yuva Award of the Sahitya Kala Parishad
Solo Shows
2009 “Outside the fold” , Anant Gallery, New Delhi
2006 "Triumph of Labour Part II", Anant Gallery, New Delhi
2002 “Cabinets of Curiosities” Art Inc, New Delhi
2000 “Transgressions” Lakereen Gallery Mumbai
1999 Solo exhibition, Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, supported by the former Dutch Ambassador to India Ms Egjee Schoo.
1998 “Pictures of the Floating world”, Art Inc, New Delhi
1997 Solo Exhibition, Harriet Green Gallery, Soho London, U.K
1995 Solo Exhibition, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi
1989 Solo Exhibition, Triveni Gallery, New Delhi
1986 Solo Exhibition, Delhi Silpi Chakra, New Delhi

International Collaboration/Consultancy:

2012, 2014 Collaborated as resource person for Bibliography Project: Shortlist: India an overview, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
2008-2009 Member of the Board of Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, Mauritius
1998-2005 Working-group member of Khoj International Artists’ Association a part of the Triangle Arts Trust, U.K

International Biennales and Exhibitions

2007 Tiger By the Tale, Women Artists of India transforming culture Women`s Studies Research Centre, Brandeis University, U.S.A
2004 Braziers International artists workshop exhibition, Oxford, UK.
2000 “Misunderstandings” The Began Gronde , Utrecht, The Netherlands
1991 Mini Print Biennial, Norway.
1990 Group Show, Silpa Kala Academy Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1987 Ljubljana Biennial, Yugoslavia
1986 Bradford Biennial U.K
National / State Exhibitions
1994 Sahitya Kala Parishad Annual Exhibition
1990, 88 National Exhibition of the Lalit Kala Akademi
1989,88,87, 86 Yuva Mahotsava of the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.
1989, 87, 85 All India Graphics Exhibition
1986, 87, 88 National Exhibition of A.I.FA.C.S
1986, All India Women's Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Selected Group Shows
2008 "Mutant Beauty" Curated by Gayatri Sinha, Ananat NOIDA
2001  "Creative Space" Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai Annual Show, IHC,  New Delhi
2000 "Embarkations" the millennium show Sakshi Gallery Mumbai.
2000 "Beyond the Surface" An exhibition of experimental works on  paper at The Fine Arts Company Mumbai & Gallery Espace New   Delhi.
1999 "Edge of the century" Curated by Amit Mukhopadhaya, British  Council New Delhi.
1999 "Extending Parameters." I.P.G Show, Rabindra Bhawan,  New Delh & Chandigarh
1999 Group Show British Council, New Delhi.
1999 Group Show of Mini Prints, Bangalore.
1994 I.P.G Show, Arts Council Kathmandu, Nepal
1992, 87  Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1992  Gallery Espace New Delhi
1992 C.M.C Gallery New Delhi
1992 I.P.G Show, Chitra Kala Parishad Banglore
1991 I.P.G Show, Garhi Artist's Village New Delhi.
1990-93 Various Shows Organized By SAHAMAT, all over the country
1990 Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.
1990 West Zone Culture Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan
1989 Group Show Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1989 Mini Print Exhibition Alliance Francaise De Delhi, New Delhi
1988 Vadhera Art Gallery New Delhi

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5):

‘Out Of India: Landscape Painting Beyond the Picturesque Frame,’ in Kishore Singh (ed) Landscape Painting, the Changing Horizon, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2012, 6-44

‘Machine, Mechanics, Chemistry and Collectivity’, in The Embodied Image :Krishna Reddy A Retrospective, Archana Shastry, (ed) IGNCA, New Delhi, 2011, 45-51.

‘Artist collectives in the age of anxiety, 1940-50’ in Gayatri Sinha (ed), Art and Visual Culture in India, Marg in collaboration with National Culture Fund and Bodhi Art, 2009, 136-149.

‘ Instituting Artists’ Collectives: the Bangalore/Bengaluru Experiments with “Solidarity Economies”, Journal of Transcultural Studies Volume 1 (2012), Heidelberg University, pp 122-149