Neha Choksi

Neha Choksi (b. 1973, USA) works in Los Angeles and Bombay. Choksi received her BA in art and Greek from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, and MA in classics from Columbia University, in 2000. Choksi works in multiple media, across disciplines and at times collaboratively and in unconventional settings to explore how we seek, experience and acknowledge losses and transformations in material, temporal and psychological terms. Increasingly her work includes her own intellectual, cultural and social contexts. She works by setting up simple situations and memorable interventions in the lives of everything—from a stone to a plant, from animal to self, from friends to institutions—disrupting logic to open a space for poetry, absurdity, humor, surprise and existential insight. Choksi recently presented solo exhibitions at the Manchester Art Gallery (2017); Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2017); Project 88, Mumbai (2016); and Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2015). Several upcoming and recent commissions are for the University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach (solo, 2020); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (solo, 2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); the Dhaka Art Summit (2018); Manchester Art Gallery (solo, 2017); and the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016). Her work has also been exhibited or performed at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (solo, 2015), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014), Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (2013), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (3-person, 2012), Asia Pacific Triennial 7, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Wana?s Foundation and Kristianstads Konsthall, Sweden (2012), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), among others. She was awarded the India Today Best New Media Artist of the Year Award (2017) and the designation of Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles DCA (2017/2018). A monograph on her 2017 solo exhibition at LAMOA, Dismantling, was published earlier this year. She serves on the editorial board of the Los Angeles-based arts journal, X-TRA.