life

Kinnari Saraiya, b. 1998 in Bombay, is an artist and curator, but primarily, she's a storyteller. She works across film, interactive digital immersive environments, sculpture, installation, animation and drawing, which allows her to interweave complex concepts and narratives together. Her work blends myths and legends of her forefathers told to her by her grandfather, into existing colonial narratives embedded into the landscape of her present to produce an almost fictional, futuristic world, deeply rooted in the non-fictional histories and stories. Through the recovery and binding of ancient and new tools, resources, and technologies, her work constructs a portal, a time capsule that helps define, find, create, escape, and return home. 

She received her BFA with honours from Arts University Bournemouth in 2020, where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize for excellence in creativity for her recent project ‘Victoria Terminus’. The same project won the runners up prize at An Indian Festival 2020 and was shortlisted for the New Emergence Art: Unity Award in 2020. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Kyiv Biennial 2021 Allied, curated by members of the East Europe Biennial Alliance and at the basement of  the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Her curated project 'It was a Roadside Picnic' won an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica in 2022 under the Computer Animation category. She has recently exhibited at VISUAL in Carlow, Ireland and will be exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair in London in October 2022. 

 

Earlier in 2021, she was recognised to be of exceptional promise by the Arts Council England. 

She co-curated a worldbuilding project built on New Art City called It was a Roadside Picnic with Helen Starr, an Afro-Carib curator and activist. Set in the desert of Sahel and centered around a breathing app that is synced to breathing exercises towards a calm mental state, it is an urgent statement that art has the potential to heal. She currently works at BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art as a Curatorial Fellow, supported by Frieze and Deutsche Bank. Here she will work on multiple exhibitions across 18 months and deliver public programmes supporting them.

education

2017 - 2020

Arts University Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Fine Art. First Class Distinction

2016 - 2017

City College of San Francisco, BA Fine Art. Dean’s List Distinction

2014 - 2016

L.S Raheja School of Art, Fine Art Diploma

awards and residencies

2022

Honorary Mention, Computer Animation, Prix Ars Electronica - It was a Roadside Picnic / Beyond Black Orientalism

Weekender Residency with Array Collective, UK New Artists and Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Game Jam Residency supporting Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley's Haunting Alongside Our Shadows, QUAD and Arebyte, Derby and London

2021

The Light of Day Prize, Artquest, London

Adapt, Change & Cope, Virtual Residency, Wendy Network & MACHFELD Foundation, Vienna, Austria.

North Louisiana Virtual Residency 2021, Louisiana, United States.

Emerging Artist Residency, Orbit Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

2020

PRAXIS Residency, Axis and Social Art Library, United Kingdom.

SPUR: Virtual 6 months residency; CORE artist, Chaos Magic Space. (Mentioned in Serpentine’s Future of Art Ecosystems: Art x Metaverse issue)

Curators of Colour Sponsorship Award, Ziegler Collection.

Shortlisted for New Emergence Art: Unity Award.

Winner of the Dean’s Prize for innovative use of materials, Arts University Bournemouth.

Winner of AIS Open Runners Up Award, An Indian Summer Festival.

2019

Residency and Fellowship, British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, British Council.

2017

The Great Indian Scholarship supported by the British Council for excellence in Arts, United Kingdom.

solo exhibitions

2019

to the privileged, Outside Giardini, Venice.

to the privileged, British Pavilion basement, Venice Biennale.

selected group exhibitions

2022

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Bioscope, Frieze Art Fair, London - programmed by Frieze

Time Travel across Many-Worlds, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead - curated by Kinnari Saraiya

Nature Godded Worlds, QUAD, Derby - curated by Jodi Kwok, Helen Starr and Kinnari Saraiya

Speech Sounds, VISUAL, Carlow - curated by Iarlaith Ni Fheorais

2021

Allied, Kyiv Biennial, Ukraine.

Victoria Terminus, Vane Gallery, TSDAP on Artsy, online.

I Matter, Babylon Gallery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Touring to St. Albans Museum and Art Gallery (St. Albans), Wells Maltings (Norfolk), Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery (Peterborough)

SPUR WORLD, Online Touring Exhibition, United Kingdom.

Touring to Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Palfrey (London), Arebyte (London), Chaos Magic (Nottingham), QUAD (Derby), D Unit (Bristol – Physical Exhibition), New Art City (Online)

Hochkant Film Festival, Bremen, Germany.

36th Annual Open Exhibition Online, Southwark Park Galleries, London.

2020

Model Village, Swiss Church Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom.

Interesting Times in Venice, London Metropolitan University Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

Commissioned by the British Council, response to the research fellowship undertaken at the Venice Biennale 2019.

Heat, Vacant Museum, United Kingdom.

Drawing the Soul Towards Truth: Hindu & Muslim Sacred Geometry, Doug Adams Gallery, California, United States.  

Now That We Are Free?, AIS Open 2020, United Kingdom.

Graduate Show, Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Online due to COVID-19)

2019

The Mank, Abandoned House in Sandbanks, United Kingdom. 

Enshrine, Fringe Arts Festival, Bath, United Kingdom

Arte’ Factum, Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Broken Skin, BUMF Gallery, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

2018

Shadows of the Archive, Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom

2017

42nd Annual Fort Mason Holiday Exhibition, Fort Mason Centre for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, United States

Marching Home, Art Seed Organisation, San Francisco, United States

2016

Kala Yatri Annual Exhibition, L. S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, India

2015

Kala Yatri Annual Exhibition, L. S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, India

curated exhibitions

2023

forthcoming

Michael Rakowitz, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Imperial War Museum 14-18 Now - new commission + solo show

forthcoming

More Than Human, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead - group show

2022

forthcoming

forthcoming

Time Travel across Many-Worlds, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead - group show

Mythmachine, Sahej Rahal, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead - solo show + new commission

2021

It was a Roadside Picnic/Beyond Black Orientalism - the world as a futuristic reimagination that springs from and moves in breath, VR work