Rakhi Peswani                         


2003  Qualified the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship and Junior Research

                          Fellowship under the University Grants Commission.

    1.      MFA (Sculpture), M.S.University, Baroda.
    2.      BFA (Painting), M.S.University, Baroda.


Awards and Scholarships 

2003             National Merit Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, HRD, Govt.of India.

                          2003 - 2005

      2006 Inlaks Scholarship for the UNIDEE in residence at Cittadellarte, Fondazione   Pistoletto, Biella, Italy. May 2006 

    Exhibition Participation 

    2006  Solo show of recent works at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 

          Mumbai, India. December 2006

    2006  ‘Panchmarhi’, group show at ABS Lanxess, Baroda, India. February 2006

      2004                 ‘Salient Liaison’, at State Gallery of Fine Arts, Department of Culture, Hyderabad, India. December 2006

2001  ‘Potters in Peril’, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India. January 2001  

Residency Invitation 

  1.               ‘PEERS-2003’, residency invitation from KHOJ, New   .

                              Delhi. June – August 2003

2006            UNIDEE in residency, at Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy.

                July- October 2006 


2005               Attended the yearly art camp at Panchmarhi, Madhya    Pradesh. November 2005                        

Teaching Experience 

2004-06         Worked as a Guest Faculty at S.N.School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and 

                          Communication, Hyderabad Central University, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

                February 2004 - May 2006 

   Contact        rakhipeswani@gmail.com 


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Born on 14 October 1977, Rakhi Peswani has a Bachelor's degree in painting and a Master's in sculpture from M.S University of Baroda. She has participated in numerous group shows and solo shows and was also the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award, 2007, presented by Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.

She is inspired by the chaotic maturity of Indian cities into metropolitans as they provide an abundant engagement with the visual. Simultaneously, an exponential growth of technological innovations in the city allows this mere engagement to take the role of communication possibilities, which make the viewer meander between being a passive consumer and an active producer of visual idioms.

According to her our times allow more and more creation, production and consumption of vast quantities of visual data, it is also producing a mindless disenchantment with the process of creation and consumption of this data. The expanse between what we see and what we touch and respond to has only increased with the passage of modernity. The unified body has been fragmented into inert zones of perception. This experience of fragmentation has structured her focus to the processes of traditional crafts; allowing her to re-route the notion of oneself through the language of these processes. While the craft practice (and its system of knowledge) becomes one of the categorical choices in contemporary possibilities, it is able to align the discrete functions of her body towards a coherent understanding of current realities.

Her point of departure is to locate a visual / verbal / tangible language that blends the local character of our system and the global character of verbal language. The possible dual responsibility of a language allows her to articulate some of the present identities of an artist working within contemporary realities. She further layers this juxtaposition with the inclusion of verbal text, fabricating discreet ironies within the material processes to depict contemporary identities.





















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