Prajakta Potnis

Prajakta Potnis’ work dwells between the intimate world of an individual and the world outside which is separated sometimes only by a wall. She refers to the wall as a witness to history that has traces of inhabitance embedded within. She tries to contextualize the wall from a middle class home to the walls that build institutions with a membrane through which imperceptible elements pass, how resolutions passed by top down policies affect an individual. The wall becomes a starting through ­which she address social and individual anxieties. Potnis effortlessly weaves complexities of emotions and the veracity of today’s times through her practice. Born in 1980, Prajakta’s practice sails through painting, site-specific sculptural installations to public art interventions.

In 2015 she was part of the group exhibition, After Midnight at Queens Museum in New York. She has participated in a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions, Whorled Explorations at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 curated by Jitish Kallat, Shamans and Dissent initiated by THE WEST HEAVENS PROJECT, Shanghai at the TZ Hanart Gallery Hong Kong. She was invited by The Clark House Initiative to participate in a show tilted L'exigence de la saudade at the Kadist Art foundation, Paris. She also participated in the 2nd Transnational Pavilion WE HAVE ARRIVED NOWHERE curated by Francesca Chiacchio, Zasha Colah, Thakur Sumesh Sharma, during the Venice Biennale, Venice 2013.

In 2012 and 2011 she was part of a travelling exhibition Generation in Transition. Contemporary Art from India, curated by Magda Kardasz, at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania and Zacheta National gallery of art, Warsaw, Poland. From 2010-2011-2012 her work was part of the traveling exhibition Indian Highway, her works travelled from Astrup Fearnley Museum of modern art, Norway (2009) to Heart Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010) to Mac Lyon Museum of contemporary art Lyon, France (2011) to Ullens Centre for contemporary art (2012).

India Awakens - Under the Banyan tree at The Essel Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria (2010). Her solo projects have been Porous walls (2008) at The Guild art gallery, Mumbai. Membranes and Margins (2008 Em gallery, South Korea. Walls in Between(2006) was the earliest solo exhibition at The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.

Prajakta has also been featured in significant publications namely ‘I’m Not There: New Art from Asia,’(2010) Edited by Cecilia Alemani published by The Gwangju Biennale. In 2009 she was also featured in Younger than Jesus: Artist directory co-published by Phaidon Press Limited, London, England and New museum, New York.In 2010 she was awarded the Sanskriti award.

Prajakta lives and works in Mumbai, India.

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