Varsha Nair was born in Kampala, Uganda, and studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda, India.
Inviting multidisciplinary collaborations her work encompasses various approaches and genres. Co organizer of Womanifesto – an international art exchange in Thailand, she has also exhibited internationally including at Chulalongkorn Art Centre (Bangkok), Khoj (New Delhi), Tate Modern (London), HKW (Berlin), Art in General (New York), Lodypop (Basel). She has published her writings in various art journals such as n.paradoxa, Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, Art AsiaPacific, and Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art of which she is Editorial Board member. Nair is currently invited by Hochschule Luzern, Luzern University of Applied Sciences and Arts as guest lecturer and to mentor Masters students. She had lived in Bangkok since 1995 and recently moved to reside in her hometown of Baroda in India.
EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, PROJECTS and WORKSHOPS
Womanifesto Archive, co curator of exhibition at ComDe, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Cross Art projects, Sydney
Shifts, solo exhibition at WTF Gallery and Bridge Art Space, Bangkok
Shift Maps, SEA Junction, BACC, Bangkok (opening November 4, 2017)
Lecture Performance at PAErsche LAB ‚17, Koln, Germany
FACES: gender, art, technology, group exhibition at Schaumbad, Graz, Austria
STUDIOLOG. Co organizer of online project in collaboration with Lena Eriksson and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts www.studiolog.ch
365 Days: LIFE MUSE, project by Baan Noorg Collaborative Art and Culture center, curated by Jiandyin. Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok.
Threads of Connection, group exhibition Museum Pankow, Berlin
Endmoräne, residency/exhibition Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany www.endmoraene.de
Two Worlds, Belgrade Culture Center, Belgrade, Serbia
Sacred: HOMELANDS, Live Art Festival, Toynbee Studios, London, UK
Two Way Mirror, group exhibition Objectifs Gallery, Singapore
Art-Plus Performance, Matsumoto, Japan
Parallelspur – a curatorial and conceptual co-production by the Master of Arts in Fine Arts – Art in
Public Spheres & Art Teaching (HSLU – D & K), Lodypop and Auspicious Arts, Switzerland. Talking
with Laura Bider. www.parallelspur.com
Listen Up! New Delhi. Collaboration: Virginia Hilyard www.1after320.com/listen-up.html
Neuland, Issue 17, cover feature www.neulandmagazin.net
Monday 2 Monday, WTF Gallery, Bangkok. Collaboration: Lena Eriksson.
Undercurrent in Yangon, Beyond Pressure 2014, performance in People’s Park, Myanmar.
four houses, some buildings and other spaces, 80WSE, NYU Steinhardt, New York. Collaboration:
Terry Berkowitz and Karla Sachse
Messy Sky, live at the Scala cinema, Bangkok
Thai Trends, BACC, Bangkok
Messy Sky, publication project
An Elixir Realigning, for Meridian | Urban, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Collaborative
performance in seven public places.
Jakarta Biennale 14. December 2011.
Buka Jalan Performance Art Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Patterns & Signs, collaboration: Jerome Ming. Jamjuree Gallery Bangkok and Gallery Nord Berlin.
a.RTISTS IN TRANSIT, a blog project blog.igbk.de/about
National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, UK www.newterritories.co.uk
Hochformat, Kaskadenkondensator, Basel www.kasko.ch
Contested Space – Incursions, Collaboration: Tejal Shah. Gallery Seven, New Delhi
document a, local/global, King’s Lynn, UK www.documenta.org.uk
September Quickfix, Conference of Birds Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Performance Saga, Basel, Switzerland. Collaboration: Lena Eriksson www.performancesaga.ch
OPEN 10, Performance Art Festival, Beijing, China, with Lena Eriksson
PALA Performance Art Laboratory, Indonesia
Asiatopia Performance Art Festival, Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Bangkok. With Sakarit Gunkan
Beyond Pressure 2 Performance Festival, Yangon, Myanmar
Khoj Live, New Delhi, India khojworkshop.org
BEFF 5, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 5 www.project304.org/beff5/
On the Move, Performance Festival, Hong Kong
On the Silk Road, locations in Iran, a project by x-change – culture/science
Still Moving Image, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi www.deviartfoundation.com
Proper Place, Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam. Collaboration: Jerome Ming
Art as Environment: Cultural Actions on Tropic of Cancer 2007, Taiwan
Exquisite Crisis & Encounters, APA Institute New York University, New York
National Review of Live Art, Glasgow www.newterritories.co.uk
No Man’s Land Web Project for Womanifesto www.womanifesto.com
Sub-Contingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazion Sandretto Re
Tate Modern, Saturday Live, London, Collaboration with Tejal Shah
In-between places, Si-Am Art Space, Bangkok
National Review of Live Art Midland, Perth Australia www.cityofswan.com/nrla
Changing Faces, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei www.culture.gov.tw
National Review of Live Art, Glasgow www.newterritories.co.uk
Video as Urban Condition, Austrian Culture Forum, London www.video-as.org
Procreation/Postcreation, Womanifesto. Publication. www.womanifesto.com
Crossing-Knotting at Nordbahnhof for TRANSPORTALE, Berlin www.transportale.org
FROM MY FINGERS – Living in the Age of Technology, Kaohsiung Museum, Taiwan
Body Code, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University, Sydney.
With(in), Art In General, New York www.artingeneral.org
Swell, sound installation at Art In general, NY. Collaboration: Virginia Hilyard
Free Parking, Art Center Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Collaboration: Savinee Buranasilpa
Womanifesto Workshop 2001, Si Saket, Thailand.
HOME/DOM, Sarajevo Center of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
“go_home”, a web project www.project-go-home.com/gohome/archives/artcastText.html#Varsha
Trash-Web Project by Experimenta Media Arts, Melbourne Australia
COLLABORATIONS, Varsha Nair and Virginia Hilyard, 24HR Art, Darwin, and Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Women Breaking Boundaries, Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Text & Subtext, Earl Lu Gallery, Lasalle SIA Singapore. Ivan Dougherty Gallery at University of
Sydney, Australia. Ostasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, 2001. Stenersen Museet, Oslo, 2002. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, 2003. X-Ray Art Centre, Beijing, China 2003 (catalogue and published book of essays)
CO. OPERATION, conference on feminist art practice and theory, Dubrovnic, Croatia. Speaker mama.mi2.hr/cooperation/paticip.htm
VIDEOMEDEJA, Novi Sad, Serbia. www.videomedeja.org.yu/
TICK-TOCK, a book project by Galerie Constantinople, Queanbeyan, Australia
- Taking it on Faith: Inscribing the Un(der)written in the work of Varsha Nair and Raquel de Loyola. Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez. n.paradoxa, volume 34, 2014.
- Performance Saga. Quinn Latimer. Frieze, May 2009.
- Withdrawal Symptom in Artistic Mind – taking the case of Thailand. Keiko Sei. Springerin. Winter 2010
- Critical Texts; Aesthetics and Political Sub-Texts. Katy Deepwell. Text & Subtext – Contemporary Art and Asian Women. 2001
- screen, Liz Bradshaw, Realtime, June/July 2001
- Excavating Layers, Naomi Urabe, catalogue essay, Bangkok 2001
- FILM – open and closed, Ben Curnow, catalogue essay, Artspace, Sydney 2001 ~ Film – open and closed, Andrew Frost, Art and AsiaPacific, April 2001
- Teri Hoskin <somewhere between storm and sleep>, Broadsheet, Dec 1999
- Editorials for Issue numbers 7, 14 and 16 Ctrl+P Journal for Contemporary Art
- ‘No Deadlines in Live Art’, National Review of Live Art 30th Anniversary Publication, 2010
- ‘Interpreters of Dreams’, Beyond Pressure 2, Catalogue text, 2009
- ‘About the future – About Café/Studio’, Art AsiaPacific, September 2005
- ‘Shudders in the cradle’ for ”Women, Art and Technology: Collected Essays. First International Women’s Art Festival Taiwan” by Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Tawian, 2005.
- ‘Crazy Soap’, Liliane Zumkemi’s exhibition review, art4d, number 121, November 2005, Bangkok
- ‘Portraits’, Richard Tsao’s exhibition review, art4d, number 105 June 2004, Bangkok
- ‘Making visible: a world between the worlds’, Maritta Nurmi’s exhibition review, art4d, number 100, January 2004, and SPAFA Journal, volume 13 number 3, September-December 2003
- ‘free parking’, Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, catalogue essay, 2002
- ‘no work is good work’- Womanifesto Workshop 2001, art4d, January 2002, Bangkok and SPAFA Journal, volume 12 Number 1 January – April 2002
- ‘Womanifesto – Jogging ahead’, n.paradoxa, UK. Volume 4, 1999; Bang, Bangkok, December 1999; Art AsiaPacific, April 2000
- ‘Synchronising thoughts’, catalogue essay for the exhibition FILM-open and closed, Artspace, Sydney. 1999
- ‘Artists view plastics and other waste’, Tiempo, Global warming and the Third World, Issue 27, March 1998
- ‘Boxed in’, review ‘one day of my life in a box- Bangkok and Cologne’, Bangkok Post, October 22, 1997
- 2010 – NR1 Wadhwana, Baroda, India. For the project Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the byways. varshashavar.wordpress.com/about
- 2008 – Current Interruptus, Kashi Studios, Cochin, India
- 2007 – Cultural Action on Tropic of Cancer, HsinKang, Taiwan. Curated by Wu Mali
PROJECT ORGANISER/CO ORGANISER
- STUDIOLOG www.studiolog.ch
- Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the Byways, a long-term project in India. 2010. Project Initiator khojworkshop.org/project/negotiating_routes_ecologies_byways
- Womanifesto Artist-in-Residence program, Boon Bandarn Farm, Kantharaluk, N E Thailand, 2001 and 2008; No Man’s Land web project 2006; Procreation/Postcreation 2003.
- Mapping the Body: Body dialectics by women artists from Asia, NRLA 2006, Glasgow. Performance Festival. Co curator www.newterritories.co.uk
- Exhibition 600 Images/60 artists/6 curators/6 cities: Bangkok/Berlin/London/Los Angeles/Manila/Saigon, Curator for Bangkok, 2005.