Visiting Artist in Residence:
May 1 – June 29, 2017
Mithu Sen lives and works in New Delhi, India. She completed her BFA (1995) and MFA (1997) from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, Visva Bharati, India; and PG Programme from the Glasgow School of Art 2000-2001, UK. Sen’s practice stems from a conceptual and interactive background woven into drawing, poetry, moving images, installations, sculptures, sound and performances.
With life being the medium of her practice, she pushes the limits of acceptable language, questioning our pre-codified hierarchical etiquettes in society within the politics of tabooed (cultural and gendered) identity/psycho-sexuality, radical hospitality and lingual anarchy.
She has exhibited widely at museums, institutions, galleries and biennales including, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; TATE Modern, London; Queens Museum, New York; Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, USA; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India; MOMAT and Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Japan; Peabody Essex Museum, USA; S.M.A.K Museum, Gent, Belgium; Palais De Tokyo, Paris; Art Unlimited, Basel; Albertina Museum, Vienna; Kochi Muziris Biennale, India; Mediations Biennale, Poznań, Poland; Dhaka Art Summit; Bozar Museum, Brussels; Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels; Nature Morte, New Delhi and Berlin; Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, etc.
She has been awarded with Prudential Eye Award for contemporary Asian art in drawing 2015 and Skoda award on best Indian contemporary art for the year 2010.
Toward the end of her residency, Mithu held a very unusual, mysterious event. 18th Street intern Vasundhara Mathur and Director of Communications and Outreach Sue Bell Yank recount its unfolding in this article.