Varsha Nair

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Varsha Nair, Gastdozentin


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.

  • 2019
    Womanifesto Archive, co curator of exhibition at ComDe, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Cross Art projects, Sydney
  • 2018
    Shifts, solo exhibition at WTF Gallery and Bridge Art Space, Bangkok
  • 2017
    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
    365 Days: LIFE MUSE, project by Baan Noorg Collaborative Art and Culture center, curated by Jiandyin. Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok.
  • 2016
    Threads of Connection, group exhibition Museum Pankow, Berlin
    Endmoräne, residency/exhibition Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany
    Two Worlds, Belgrade Culture Center, Belgrade, Serbia
    Sacred: HOMELANDS, Live Art Festival, Toynbee Studios, London, UK
    Two Way Mirror, group exhibition Objectifs Gallery, Singapore
  • 2015
    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.
  • 2014
    Listen Up! New Delhi. Collaboration: Virginia Hilyard
    Neuland, Issue 17, cover feature
    Monday 2 Monday, WTF Gallery, Bangkok. Collaboration: Lena Eriksson.
    Undercurrent in Yangon, Beyond Pressure 2014, performance in People’s Park, Myanmar.
  • 2013
    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
  • 2012
    Thai Trends, BACC, Bangkok
    Messy Sky, publication project
  • 2011
    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
  • 2010
    National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, UK
    Hochformat, Kaskadenkondensator, Basel
    Contested Space – Incursions, Collaboration: Tejal Shah. Gallery Seven, New Delhi
    document a, local/global, King’s Lynn, UK
  • 2009
    September Quickfix, Conference of Birds Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
    Performance Saga, Basel, Switzerland. Collaboration: Lena Eriksson
    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
  • 2008
    Khoj Live, New Delhi, India
    BEFF 5, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 5
    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
  • 2007
    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
  • 2006
    National Review of Live Art, Glasgow
    No Man’s Land Web Project for Womanifesto
    Sub-Contingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazion Sandretto Re
    Rebaudengo, Turin.
    Tate Modern, Saturday Live, London, Collaboration with Tejal Shah
  • 2005
    In-between places, Si-Am Art Space, Bangkok
    National Review of Live Art Midland, Perth Australia
    Changing Faces, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei
  • 2004
    National Review of Live Art, Glasgow
    Video as Urban Condition, Austrian Culture Forum, London
  • 2003
    Procreation/Postcreation, Womanifesto. Publication.
    Crossing-Knotting at Nordbahnhof for TRANSPORTALE, Berlin
    FROM MY FINGERS – Living in the Age of Technology, Kaohsiung Museum, Taiwan
    Body Code, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University, Sydney.
  • 2002
    With(in), Art In General, New York
    Swell, sound installation at Art In general, NY. Collaboration: Virginia Hilyard
    Free Parking, Art Center Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Collaboration: Savinee Buranasilpa
  • 2001
    Womanifesto Workshop 2001, Si Saket, Thailand.
    HOME/DOM, Sarajevo Center of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
    “go_home”, a web project
    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
  • 2000
    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
    VIDEOMEDEJA, Novi Sad, Serbia.
    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.
  • 2008 – Current Interruptus, Kashi Studios, Cochin, India
  • 2007 – Cultural Action on Tropic of Cancer, HsinKang, Taiwan. Curated by Wu Mali
  • Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the Byways, a long-term project in India. 2010. Project Initiator
  • 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
  • Exhibition 600 Images/60 artists/6 curators/6 cities: Bangkok/Berlin/London/Los Angeles/Manila/Saigon, Curator for Bangkok, 2005.