• Post Graduation in Visual arts  MFA, Santiniketan, Viswabharati University, West Bengal.1992 , 1985-90 : Ken school of arts, Bangalore
  • Graduation in Science:  Bangalore University
  • Film Course: London 2006

Fellowships/ Residency projects

  • Lichtenberg studios, Berlin 2016
  • Artist in labs, Eawag ( Aquatic Ecology) – Zurich -Pro Helvetia -2011/12
  • Prince Claus Fund -2006/7
  • The UK art council fund -2006Film workshop, London
  • Hivos CCA7-Trinidad.  -2003/5
  • Vermont studio center- USA- 2001
  • Unesco Aschberg award 2001 HIAP, Helsinki
  • Charles Wallace trust award -2000-01 Spike Island studios, Bristol
  • Pro-Helvetia Swiss fellowship -1999 Gasteatelier Krone, Aarau, Switzerland
  • 1989/1996 Human resource cultural scholarship
  • 1993 Nehru Trust study grant, ( Research on string puppetry, Karnataka )

Selected One person Shows;

  • 2011: “just follow the sound of the river, Eawag, Switzerland
  • 2011: Lake Tales: project and curation, Bangalore
  • 2010  Unclaimed- urban f(r)ictions ,Samuha, Bangalore
  • 2010  Unclaimed and other videos, 10, chancery lane gallery- Hongkong
  • 2007 Flames, Flowers and Other Images – Sculptures, photo and video installation, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
  • 2007  Communing with Urban Heroines, a photo and video installation, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore / supported by Prince Claus Fund
  • 2004 Bhagirathi and other Video Installations, SKE Bangalore
  • 2003 Eye of a Needle, preview; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, travelled to Boros Museum, Sweden
  • Connecting People 2003 video installation, open studios, CCA7 Trinidad
  • 2001 Skin Deep, Taide Halli Museum (studio), Helsinki, Finland
  • 2001 Fragments of a Wedding Diary, Open studio, HIAP, Helsinki
  • 2000  British-Make, Spike Island, Art spacestudios, Bristol, uK. Gallery Zum Komet, Switzerland Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam
  • 1999 Under the Skin, Rathaus Aarau, Switzerland
  • 1999  Selving a Body, Lakeeren Art Gallery, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, Mumbai, preview at Chitrakala Parishat Gallery, Bangalore
  • 1997-Sista’s art gallery- Bangalore


Selected Projects / Participation in Curated Shows


  • “Response”_ Installations and New Media, GEM Cinema hall –   CIMA Gallery.
  • UNIvers – uprooting-shifting- remapping , Berlin
  • Performance – Moving images:  Space studios, Mumbai Gallery weekend
  • Text as Text –  Curated by Shubhalakshmi , Gallery Art&Soul, Mumbai
  • City Scripts: symposium , IIHS, Bengaluru
  • Kalyani- an intervention:  Workshop CAVA, Mysore



  • ” India-Reworlded –  70 years of  Investigating a Nation” curated by Dr.Arshiya Lokhandwala, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai
  • “Perspectives of Karnataka Modern Art “ curated by Suresh Jayaram, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
  • “Evidence Room” Curated by Mario Souza & Antara, Khoj , New Delhi
  • “Environmental Consciousness in Current Indian Art – explorations in art, architecture, heritage and community engagement.” symposium curated by Kathryn Myers and Neeta Omprakash, Dakshinachitra Museum.
  • “Artist Talks” : Mahatma Gandhi Institute and Department of culture, Mauritius.
  • “Re-Evolution” – Cinnamon Colomboscope -2017 curated by Shanika Perera ,Colombo Old Railway Terminus.
  • Artist Talk:   “Ecological concerns/  Artistic interventions in Contemporary art in India”
  • Digging deep crossing far_ curated by Elke Falat and Julia Tieke, Alharama Art Center, Lahore
  • “Double Road” curated by Suresh Jayaram, Video art from India, Munich
  • Neeru , Dolls, Foodu curated by VAG Forum, Venkatappa Art Gallery.
  • Artist Talk :   Nightie Revolution & other works:  India Foundation for Arts, Bengaluru



  • “Digging deep crossing far…” curated by Elke Falat and Julia Tieke –A travel show at:   MaxMueller Bhavan Bangalore encounter , Pepper House-Kochi encounter, The Arts Council-Karachi encounter,  Kunstraum Kreuzberg-Berlin encounter
  • Poetics of Plurality – Art Space studio ,Baroda
  • Senorium-Edition Love , curated by Leandre DSouza , Sunaparanta art Centre, Goa
  • Visual Presentation;  National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru.
  • Crossing Borders: Seven short videos from China & India , Anthology Film Archives, Newyork. Curated by Michelle Y. LOh and Bansie Vasvani.
  • Art Marathon, Private Collections/Public Museum:  Venkatappa Art Gallery curated by VAG Forum
  • Artist Talk :  Surekha@ Lichtenberg Studios
  • Artist Talk : Nightie Revolution at Strodenhe Germany. Curated by Gabriele Konsor
  • “Difference Screen”- moving images curated by Bruce Allan, UK & India.
  • Festival of Stories_  Art in Transit: Cubbon Park Metro Station, Bengaluru
  • Artist Talk: Goethe Institute, Bangalore


  • Postdate: Photography and Inherited History from India exhibition -San Jose Museum of Art curated by Jodi Thorkmorton.   A travel show to Ulrich museum,Kansas. USA
  • Speakers’ Forum at India Art Fair 2015 : Patronage & Public Spaces
  • Presentation:  Negotiating routes by the ecologies:   Khoj Studios, Delhi
  • One and One makes Eleven curated by Eveline Suter , Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland
  • Burgercampus” curated by Citizen art days – Presentations at Kapitel and Radial House – Berlin


2012 -2014

  • Founding curator of Rangoli Metro Art center a public art space initiated by govt. BMRCL: Conceptualised and  Curated several art exhibitions related to public history and contemporary art projects: A city in Transit, Making of the Metro I & II, A letter to Gandhi, My life is my message, Building Bangalore- Archives from  MEG, Gandhi in Bangalore, Lines & Beyond,  Viewing Landscapes,  The world of Puppets, My Indian  Life-Megumi Sagakida and  co-ordinated several public interactive projects for the city of Bangalore
  • Water bodies:  Chennai  A Indo Korean  International Project – 2013
  •  Art  Dubai: represented by Lakeeren Art Gallery – 2012
  • India Art Fair:  Represented by Lakeeren Art Gallery – 2012
  • Post Oil city: Gardens reloaded  : curated by Elke Falat, Science Museum, Bangalore – 2013
  • Video Art: Bhau Daji Lad  Museum curated by Gayatri Sinha – 2014
  • Presentation: Pecha Kucha talks organized  by MOD Bangalore, Jaaga -2013
  • Art Insight: Public space/Art Space  : presentation at  Max Mueller bhavan, Bangalore – 2014


  • who am I  –  Kastrupgard Samlingen Museum, Copenhagen (2012) curated by Trine Ross
  • Lines of control – Herbert J.Foundation Museum ( Cornell University -2012), Green Cardamom Project.
  • India side by side –Centrol Cultural Banco do Brasil,Rio de Janeiro (2011-12) curated by Tereza Aruda
  • Belgrade Art festival- culture centre Belgrade
  • Video wednesday, Espace curated by Gayatri Sinha
  • Pleasure Dome- Toronto -2011 curated by Carly Whitefield
  • Un bound- scion- Bangalore
  • Against all odds, curated by Arshiya lokhandwala, LKA Delhi
  • Art Summit/Art Dubai – presented by Lakeeren art Gallery
  • Video art India, curated by Luisa Ortinez, Caixa Forum Palma/Caixa Forum Tarragona, Spain
  • Dolls, curated by Marta Jakimowicz , Sumukha gallery/ Robert dean Gallery, London
  • Second Sex_ curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, Lakeeren, Mumbai
  • City in Transit- red dot gallery, Colombo
  • I am here – video  self-portraits curated by Lina Vincent- Jaaga, Bangalore


  • Costumes d’enfants, miroir des grands: Guimet Museum, Paris curated by Caroline Aruheo
  • Young artist Bukarest Biennale, Rumania curated by Mica Ghergescu
  • Baskiath video art –Paris/Dubai
  • Videoappart/ Roma art fair presented by Metropolart
  • Triad- Loveland Museum, Colarado: USA
  • Fundació “la Caixa” presents video art India curated by Lisa Ortinez; CaixaForum Barcelona, CaixaForum Lleida
  • Video art show Silvaasa, Dadar and Nagar haveli
  • Whole, Indigo Blue art, Singapore
  • Loss, curated by Anupa Mehta, Loft, Mumbai,
  • Go-see India  curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay—  Vasa Konsthall, Gutenberg
  • Fiac-2010 /Miami-Basel- 2010 presented by  Chemould prescott road
  • “Whatever he touched- he adorned” – Max Mueller bhavan, bangalore curated by Suresh Jayaram


  • Transmediale-09, deep north, Malmoe, Coastal  & culture haus, Berlin
  • Migration: ECA Calcutta curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay
  • Home, tranvacore art gallery, curated by Anupa Mehta
  • The (other) Indian story, NCPA, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala
  • Towards new viewership- Bhubaneswar/Art consult- curated by Rajasri
  • contr-alt-delete , arushi arts curated by Amit jain
  • video finale curated by Gayatri sinha, gallery espace
  • video lounge- art summit-latitude 28
  • gender- genesis- gallery espace
  • KIAF- Failed Plot, Korea curated by Gayatri Sinha
  • Changing skins- curated by Marta jakimowitz, the Fine art company
  • Regarding us, Birla, Kolkata curated by Deekshanath
  • Media workshop/Festival- Britto, Dhaka
  • FIAC-2009 Chemould Art Gallery, Mumba


  • “What do you want?”, Asian Triennale, Corner house gallery, Manchester curated by Kathy Rae Huffman
  • Inner vision, guild, Newyork curated by subulaxmi shukla
  • Trends and  trivia- an Indian story-curated by Bhavna Kakar/Mon art galerie, Hong Kong visual arts centre
  • Still moving image-cuarated by Deekshanath, Devi art foundation
  • Six Degrees of Separation: Chaos, Congruence & Collaboration’ south asia exhibition, curated by Pooja sood, Anant art gallery
  • Fiac-Paris presented by Shireen Gandhy, Chemould
  • Public places, private spaces, Minneapolis art institute curated by Gayatri Sinha &Zette Emmons
  • Harvest, Arushi arts, New Delhi
  • Second sex,10 chancerylane, Hongkong
  • India Moderna, Ivam Museum, Valencia, Spain, curated by Juan Guardiola
  • Video Mix, India, La Casa Encendida cultural centre Madrid(Spain) curated by Luisa Ortinez


  • Indian Photo and Media Art: a Journey of Discovery, Fluss-Photo-initiative, curated by Renate Bertlmann, Austria
  • Horn-Please, Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art, Kunst Museum, curated by Bernhard Fibicher and Suman Gopinath, Bern, Switzerland
  • The zero edition curated by Jack Persekian, Al’mamal foundation, Jerusalem
  • Public Places, Private Spaces,newark Museum, curated by Gayatri Sinha, new Jersey
  • Grid, Bodhi Gallery, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Mumbai
  • Follow the Arrows, Investigating Movement, WSF, curated by Archana Hande and Mamta Murthy, Nairobi
  • Vanity fair, curated by Bhavna kakar/mon art gallery
  • Visions in the Nunnery, nunnery Art Gallery, curated by Darshana Vora, London
  • VO7- 2nd International Venice Video Art Fairrepresented by Contact Metropolart, Paris
  • Instructions for films:  Zoo art fair(no.where project) Royal academy of arts, London

1998 – 2006

  • A Moment of Strange Stillness, Theertha International Workshop, Srilanka
  • 2006 Diva, Paris/ new York represented by Gallery Contact Metropolart, Paris
  • Ghosts in the Machine and Other Fables, ApeejayMedia Center, curated by Pooja Sood, new Delhi
  •, Video screenings at Portobello and Edinburgh film festivals
  • Myrrh, , curated by Geetu Hinduja and  Anupa Mehta under the aegis of Art
    edge at Tao art gallery, Mumbai
  • Complexities of Life, Aboa Arsanova Museum, curated by Henry Grahn, Turku & Lappenrenta Museum, South Karelia Finland
  • Video Festival- Lund Art Hall & Krognos House, Lund, curated by Tamara
  • Ko Video, Durban presented by Open Circle
  • Inverted Tree, Anant Art Gallery, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, new Delhi
  • Tree woman/tree walkers, video and sculpture installation, Aarau, Switzerland
  • Indian Summer, Ecole de Beaux arts, curated by Jany Lagua and Deepak Anant, Paris
  • 2004 Crossing Generations: Diverge, 40 years of Gallery Chemould, national Gallery of Modern Art, curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani, Mumbai
  • Rights/Rites/ Rewrites, Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome, Cornell university, NY and touring to John Hope Franklin Center: Duke university
    Mason Grove gallery, new Jersey curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala
  • Fair & Furious, Jabiwool Art Museum & Gallery, curated by Sushma Bahl, South Korea
  • Another Passage to India, Ethnographic Museum, Geneva curated by Pooja Sood and Ines Anselmi
  • WSF, Mumbai Open Circle
  •  We are the Environment, a public bus project, Bangalore
  • 2003 Artist Proof, Gallery Chemould, curated by Archana Hande, Mumbai
  • Show at Khoj International Studios/ Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
  • Sites of Recurrence; Dakshina Chitra, Chennai/ Boras Museum, curated by Tamara Malmestrom & Elisabeth Hoglund, Sweden,
  • Mahatma GandhiRoad, Do Not Urinate, a site-specific work, M.G. Road, Bangalore
  • Quilted, Sumukha Art Gallery, curated byC.F.John
  •  2002 Fragrance of Jasmine, Khoj International Workshop, Mysore
  • Emptiness, art workshop, PhoolMahal, Kishangarh
  • Other Side of the Sky, unesco, curated by Mehdi-Farah Syre, Paris
  • Enchanting the Icon; Sakshi Gallery, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, Bangalore
  • Migration, City, Home, Birla Academy, curated by Amit Mukopadhyay, Calcutta
  • 2001 Camouflage, Nehru center, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala, London
  • Self–Contemporary Video Art from India, IMA, Brisbane, Australia curated by Johan Pijnappel
  • On the Edgeof Volume, curated by Marta Jakimowicz, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
  • Excerpts from my diary pages, Fine art company, curated by Sasha Altaf, Mumbai
  • 2000Erotica, Fine art company, curated by Sasha Altaf
  • 1999 Edge of the Century, curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay, new Delhi
  • 1998 Retracing the Lost Terrain, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • Territories: an art event, installation at Shankara, outskirts, Bangalore


Teaching /visiting experiences:  Conducted ART WORKSHOPS/Presentations


  • Mallya Aditi International school, Srishti School of Art & Design and Technology
  • Ken School of Arts, Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore, CAVA, Mysore
  • 2003 Boros Textile School, Voland Art Academy, Sweden
  • 2005 Malmo Art Academy, Lund art school, Boros textile school, Sweden
  • 2008 –  Cava Mysore/ Kalabhavan, Santiniketan, MSU, Baroda, SN School, Hyderabad

Involved in co-ordinating activities:

  • Venkatappa Art gallery forum 2016
  • Founding curator Rangoli Metro Art Center 2012- 2014
  • Founder Member Bar1 ( bengaluru artist residency ) 2001-Present
  • Khoj international workshops, -2002 Mysore,
  • Bengaluru Habba- Art Instillation event M.G.road Boulevard -2003,
  • Ken school alumni association
  • Gnana – Trust to promote Art education in schools
  • Organised video screenings of contemporary video art in Bangalore 2003/2005/ 2007

Curated shows:

  • Founding curator of Rangoli Metro Art center a public art space initiated by govt. BMRCL: Conceptualised and  Curated several art exhibitions related to public history and contemporary art projects: A city in Transit, Making of the Metro I & II, A letter to Gandhi, My life is my message, Building Bangalore- Archives from  MEG, Gandhi in Bangalore, Lines & Beyond,  Viewing Landscapes,  The world of Puppets, My Indian  Life-Megumi Sagakida and  co-ordinated several public projects for the city in Bangalore
  • Behind the seen:  2010- 1.shanti road, Bangalore
  • Lake tales:             2011- Bar1 Bangalore

Selected  Presentations:

  • 2006 As panelist, Video Art from India, Tate Modern, London
  • 2003 Art and Public Sphere, Voland Art Academy, Sweden
  • 2002 MPCVA Mumbai
  • 2010 Mpcva/ alternative spaces”- Mumbai
  • 2011 Eawag, aquatic ecology, Zurich
  • 2012 Ananya: Venkatappa art gallery, Bangalore

As Jury for Project-grants:

  • Jury and project advisor for Bosch art grants ( Bangalore)- 2009,2010
  • Pro helvetia Fellowships   (New Delhi) – 2009/2010/2012
  • Goethe Institute (Residency projects)- 2009/2010



Surekha lives and works in Bengaluru